Little Italy's Best Restaurants: This hip eatery does all it can to defy definition. The space juxtaposes library items (book and card catalog shelves) with the cool, industrial aesthetics of a converted warehouse. Billed as free-spirited fusion, the fare incorporates influences from far and wide -- that is to say, from Northern Africa to New Zealand, Europe to Southeast Asia. Starters include the likes of smoked coconut laksa with grilled Maya prawn; mains run from Thai pumpkin curry with pickled cucumber relish to snail and oxtail ravioli with pickled shiitake mushrooms. Corkage: $25 per bottle. TRAIN: 6 to Spring St; N, R to Prince St; F, V to Broadway-Lafayette; J, M to Bowery
Local Expert Lisa Kahn Says:
Little Italy's Best Restaurants: "Try visiting Public for weekend brunch, which includes delicacies like coconut-stuffed pancakes and eggs Benedict made with tea-smoked salmon."
Best for Little Italy's Best Restaurants Because: Public has been awarded a coveted Michelin Star in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Red Guides for New York City.
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