Five minutes away from Midtown Manhattan on a nondescript street in Long Island City lies one of my very favorite Italian restaurants in town.
AAA Inspector Notes
Classic. One of the borough's long-standing Italian heavyweights, there is no obvious signage from outside this fine restaurant—the door is non-descript and looks like an office entrance. Inside the reception area vendors come to discuss their orders and what is fresh in the market, as guests pass through to the back dining rooms which resemble a colorful relative's sprawling house with fuzzy family photos and a fireplace. Highly recommended as a quintessential New York neighborhood food experience. Restaurateurs Vencenzo and Ida Cerbone opened this humble eatery in the mid-1970s, they don't advertise and only rely upon word-of-mouth. The incognito environment conceals some of the most very prominent New Yorkers of the business and entertainment world who can feel at ease as they enjoy fresh homemade pasta, veal or meat specialties and fresh whole fish. All dishes are lovingly prepared according to traditional Italian recipes. An extensive wine list and a warm service staff, some who have been here for decades, can be expected.