SANT AMBROEUS 259...
SANT AMBROEUS 259 W. 4th St., nr. Perry St., 212-604-9254 | The late, lamented uptown institution and art-world hangout is reborn in the equally posh West Village as celebrity date spot, replete with its beloved cappuccino, gelati, and pastries.
OSTERIA MORINI 218 Lafayette St., nr. Kenmare St., 212-965-8777 | With his latest venture, the omnivorous, multitalented Michael White comes full circle, back to the kind of accessible, unadorned, carefully rusticated Italian cooking that he professes to love the best.
RECETTE 328 W. 12th St., nr. Greenwich St., 212-414-3000 | Jesse Schenker and his band of tattooed kitchen serfs at Recette seem bent on dragging the old French canon, kicking and screaming, into the new millennium.
ARIA WINE BAR 177 Perry St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-242-4233 | Rustic Italian wine bar brings Venice-style tapas to the winding streets of the West Village.
BOULUD SUD 20 W. 64th St., nr. Broadway, 212-595-1313 | Between this and the adjacent Epicerie Boulud, diners can get pretty much anything: There’s a boulangerie, patisserie, charcuterie, fromagerie, glacerie, and Viennoiserie.
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