For some reason, I feel like it’s hard to find good Italian in a city with tons of great restaurants (forget Little Italy…I’ve had more disappointing meals there than not). There have been some exceptions, like Da Andrea in the West Village, which feels like you’re eating in a little Italian kitchen with delicious food to match.
Recently, my friend Archana recommended Bacaru in the LES, and anyone who’s recommending good Italian, I have to check it out.
It’s easy to miss the unmarked restaurant in the most unassuming location between rows of Chinese stores. I instantly loved the almost Gothic black decor, dimly lit with candlelights.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, so you’ll have to bare with these taken with my 1.31 mega pixel camera phone…but for better pictures, check out Archana’s post!
These were the crostini of the day, zucchini wraps filled with ricotta cheese and deep fried. They were crunchy, and the cheese was piping hot, but I love everything cheese so I didn’t mind.
The gnocchi was phenomenal, and small enough that you don’t feel sick afterwards. Buttery and soft, with even portions mushroom sauce as it did cheese.
Risotto was healthy tasting, with mushrooms and asparagas. Loved this too. I have to say, though, because I’m not a huge seafood person, and their very edited menu contained a lot of it (and no chicken…gasp!), I felt a little limited. The choices I did have though were yummy, so it’s not a major complaint.
Couple other interesting things: Maybe it was that night but the whole place seemed to have very fashion-conscious diners. I describe them as a models-meets-hipster crowd. I was definitely the most uncool person there…OK that doesn’t speak for much, but you get what I mean. But it was funny that everyone who walked through the door fit that similar mold.
They were also playing a mix of 80s hair metal band Skid Row along with Sheryl Crow and The Clash. Just thought it kept the ambiance interesting. That is all.
136 Division St
Btwn Orchard & Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002