Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gaetana's, Manhattan (West Village)

I just returned from another trip to Manhattan and went to several good restaurants. But perhaps none stick in my memory as much as a cozy little Italian restaurant on the edge of the West Village called Gaetana's. This dining spot, which is located near the Hudson River at the corner of Christopher Street and Greenwich Street, is quite an impressive place, but it gets little coverage in restaurant guides, books, or Web sites. Perhaps this is because it is indeed out of the way, just far enough from Bleecker and W 4th Streets that folks don't even know if its existence.

The inside of Gaetana's is perfect for a date, as it is dark and romantic with warm lighting throughout. But it is also a place for families, friends, and workmates, as it is casual and low key. The food that we ordered there was mostly excellent, including the fire-roasted red peppers with roasted garlic, the lentil soup, the pumpkin ravioli with sage and butter sauce (on special that night), and the chicken pomodoro (which had an outstanding red sauce with a zesty, hearty flavor). Even the bread that came at the start of our meal was top notch, and it came with a nice dipping oil with lots of black pepper in it. Prices for our meal were bordering on cheap, with prices in general at Gaetana's coming out to around $10-20 for most meals, not including a soup, salad, drinks, etc.

If you have also been to Gaetana's in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, please let us know by posting a comment here. Thanks!

Here is the address for Gaetana's:
143 Christopher Street
Manhattan (West Village), NY, 10014

The phone number is:
(212) 675-3913

And here is the Web site for Gaetana's:

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