The place: Montmartre in Chelsea
The space: Not since the
The space: The domain of A-listers dining in public sans flashbulb scene, Perla serves pitch perfect Italian food in a nondescript building. If you're lucky, you might catch Mr. John Mayer spoon-feeding Ms. Katy Perry on a school night. The utopian Italian trattoria plays old-school hip hop, turning from cool to comfortable before first bite. Take a seat at the chef’s table, which offers a view of the open oven and kitchen, perfectly framed without Instagram assistance.
The ingredient: Even if you don’t have someone spoon-feeding you, try the tangy gelatos, among other dolci treats. The cocktails, much like the bustling atmosphere, are full of flavor, with names evoking confidence (Awesometown, Population: You) and earthiness (Madison Farmer's Market).
The special: Order the striped bass; with or without Katy Perry's approval, we think it’s better than a Teenage Dream. The sides of rosemary smashed potatoes, carrots with dill pesto, and greens with cherry peppers aren’t Hot ‘n Cold, but just right. And so, the Grammy goes to...
Perla, 24 Minetta Lane, West Village, 212-933-1824, perlanyc.com
(All photos courtesy of Perla)