L'Artusi

 

228 W. 10th St.

Italian $$$

OpenTable one month in advance

Call at 9am ET on weekdays or 10am ET on weekends one month in advance

Walk-ins with texting

A date-night/special occasion Italian spot in the West Village.  For two people I recommend sitting at the bar (put your name around 7 to eat around 8/8:30pm) or for 3+ making a reservation beforehand, which means staying up until midnight a month in advance.  My favorite dishes are the roasted mushrooms, bucatini, hanger steak, and olive oil cake.  And yes, it's worth it. Where to drink before: Employees Only, Blind Tiger, The Garret

 Bucatini with pancetta, tomato, chilies, pecorino

Bucatini with pancetta, tomato, chilies, pecorino

 Ricotta

Ricotta