The space: Your go-to Italian restaurant for any given night, and
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The scoop: When it comes to a city as discerning as New York, it’s as tricky to successfully pull off a campy, theatrical atmosphere as it is to find a niche that hasn’t already been exhausted. This especially applies to the food scene. Yet Carbone excels at both. Not only that, the food is fantastic – it’s a real triple threat. Brought to you by the men behind Torrisi, Carbone introduces an old-school, Godfather-approved white-table-cloth-and-merlot production to the Downtown scene, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
The scene: First, the experience. The elusive dinner reservation creates some initial anticipation and once inside, you feel as though you’ve stepped onto a movie set. From the longtime waiters to the exaggeratedly large menus to the extensive wine list to the complimentary hunks of parm, the experience has begun.
The ingredient: And then, the food. It’s literally some of the best Italian that Downtown has to offer, but we suggest the Lobster Fra Diavolo. It’s classically inspired but creative enough to hold your attention. In the rare case that spotting Katie Holmes dining à deux with Gloria Steinem didn’t.