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7 E. 59th St., nr. Fifth Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-223-3028 | www.bottegadelvinonyc.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 8:00am-11:00pm; Sat.: 9:00am-11:00pm; Sun.: 10:00am-10:00pm
BEST FORBreakfast; lunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 12-24; USD 24-45
FAMOUS PLATESLinguine al vongole; scaloppine di vitello al limone; souffle di cioccolato
DRINKS AND WINEVery extensive wine list; cocktails; full bar; espresso drinks
# OF SEATS130
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAY5th Ave.-59th St. (N, R, Q); 59th St.-Lexington Ave. (4, 5, 6, F, N, R); 57th St.-6th Ave. (F)
This attractive Italian eatery is as authentic as they come. All furnishings, from the copper chandeliers to the weathered wood pillars painted with medieval designs, are imported directly from Italy, where the original sister restaurant makes its home. The villa-like dining room and more casual café areas host square tables with white linen and richly dark wood chairs while within the nooks of every wall, countless varieties of wine find a nest—just a sampling of what lies beneath (the restaurant's wine cellar is one of New York’s largest). The Veronese fare is fresh, seasonal, and widely celebrated as some of the best authentic Italian cuisine in the city.
European business types; Fifth Avenue shoppers; wine enthusiasts
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
To fit with the casual upscale crowd, try a chic blouse with wide belt, khaki capris, and elegant heels. You’ll fit right in with business attire too (especially in the dining room).
GO HERE WITH
Friends; coworkers; significant other
WHY WE LIKE IT
It seems like every city is overrun by countless numbers of “authentic” Italian restaurants, but this one truly plays the part. With Italy-imported décor and one of the city’s biggest and best wine focuses, Bottega del Vino stands near the top as one of the most transporting experiences in Italian dining.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The dining room feels just a bit dark and heavy to us, but that’s just a matter of personal preference. And maybe it’s the Midtown location, but this place feels a bit more business than pleasure.
GOOD TO KNOW
If you don’t have time for a meal, pop in for an espresso in the front café and watch Fifth Avenue go by. World-renowned wine personality and proprietor Severino Barzan has put together an extensive house list for all wine lovers. They may feel a bit lost, however, scanning the 2,000-plus-bottle wine selection (the wine cellar itself is said to hold over 10,000 bottles). If you are impressed by your table’s fabulous stemware (designed by Barzan himself to improve and preserve the wine it holds), you can purchase your own at the restaurant. This spot is a joint venture with another favorite of The Purple Passport, Via Quadronno.
Antica Bottega del Vino (Verona, Italy)
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