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Whatever you do, don't call this SoHo or Nolita, Cafétal Social Club is squarely at the cusp of Little Italy and is as close as a visitor gets to the soul of Little Italy. Its first life as a... Read More
Whatever you do, don't call this SoHo or Nolita, Cafétal Social Club is squarely at the cusp of Little Italy and is as close as a visitor gets to the soul of Little Italy. Its first life as a "social club," on the Little Italy/SoHo border alongside St. Patrick's downtown, was opened to members only for 60 years. Fast forward to its life as a trattoria without pretense: Friendly, warm, packed with characters you know you have seen on TV or the movies, media and locals (they're still here). Starring on the menu are "Charcuterie" style meats, cheeses – from local markets and vendors who have made this city famous: Faiocco, DePaolo, Parisi and Moe the Butcher. Try the farfalle with broccoli rabe and sausage, the hand-made focaccica pizza, the long, hot stuffed peppers (for the adventurous), bracciole, and pastries (from Veniero's), and Ciao Bella gelato. The espresso would make Naples proud. Vibes are low-key, service is smooth, and you feel like you are at a friend's house who really knows his way around the kitchen. Slip in to one of the window seats, order a Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola, and be transported to a busy little street in Amalfi or dine alfresco.
- SoHo's Best Restaurants: "Call ahead if you come as a group; perfect after a day in over-the-top shops or a cultural event at the NYPL Mulberry St. Branch around the corner that was once a chocolate factory. Order the Special Sunday Gravy dinner: available daily–just like nonna would have made it."
- Best for SoHo's Best Restaurants Because: Sixty years old plus five years as a trattoria, welcoming atmosphere and italianita make this a remarkable place in frenzied, and trendy NYC.