Where New York - - Food -


Amer­i­can. Orig­i­nally opened in 1922 as a Pro­hi­bi­tion- era speakeasy that housed the writ­ing-and- drink­ing ses­sions of lit­er­ary greats such as F. Scott Fitzger­ald, Ernest Hemingway and John Stein­beck, this sto­ried restau­rant re­mains incog­nito be­hind a non­de­script green door on a clas­si­cally charm­ing West Vil­lage street. D (M-Sa). 86 Bed­ford St., btw Bar­row & Grove sts., 212.675.2081.


Ital­ian. In July, this fam­ily-run New York City in­sti­tu­tion hit the two-year an­niver­sary of its Green­wich Vil­lage lo­cale. The Deni­nos have been serv­ing their cheesy, clas­sic pies, house­made moz­zarella sticks and spe­cialty san­gria pitch­ers to Staten Is­lan­ders since 1937. L & D (daily). 93 MacDou­gal St., btw Bleecker St. & Minetta Ln., 646.838.6987; 524 Port Rich­mond Ave., at Hooker Pl., Elm Park, Staten Is­land, 718.442.9401.


Mediter­ranean. A bright and airy set­ting with a col­or­fully and flo­rally dec­o­rated bar set the scene for Latin-ac­cented dishes, such as Cata­lan paella and pork loin ribs. L & D (daily). 64 Down­ing St., at Var­ick St., 212.604.0500.


Pizza. This no-frills, no-slices in­sti­tu­tion has been serv­ing brick- oven pizza to New York­ers since 1929. High ceil­ings, wooden booths and lines typ­i­cally out the door char­ac­ter­ize the walk-in- only ex­pe­ri­ence. L & D (daily). 278 Bleecker St., at Jones St., 212.243.1680.


Thai. A tucked-away bar serv­ing house­made cock­tails com­ple­ments this sim­ple, homey restau­rant serv­ing Thai spe­cial­ties like pan­dan wings with honey chili sauce. L & D (daily). 36 E. 8th St., btw Greene St. & Univer­sity Pl., 212.529.2363.


Mid­dle East­ern. New York born-and-rasied chef Me­lanie Shurka names her space af­ter her fa­vorite dish: kubeh (Le­van­tine dumplings made with semolina and bul­gur wheat and served in broth). Spe­cial­ties in­clude Syr­ian cod­fish kubeh in tomato, fen­nel and arak soup, and beef kubeh in beet broth. 464 Sixth Ave., at W. 11th St., 646.448.6688.


Con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian. Guests can match basil pesto, creamy Al­fredo, meat ragu or mari­nara sauce with a choice of five $8 pas­tas, made in un­der three min­utes. L & D (daily). 510 Sixth Ave., btw W. 13th & W. 14th sts. No phone.

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