Italian Goodies at Tarallucci e Vino – New York City

Tarallucci e Vino, March 2011

I like to patronize a restaurant where the owners believe that food comes first, not the customer.  This is why I am a big fan of Tarallucci e Vino.

When I go to New York City, I always have either breakfast or aperitivi and antipasti in this Italian restaurant in Union Square (they have four stores in Manhattan).  Last week, while visiting friends in NYC, I had their excellent, whole wheat croissant with honey, two cappuccini and two poached eggs with asparagus and Parmiagiano.  As always, the croissant was very fresh, buttery and just slightly crispy on the outside – just like I enjoy them.  I also loved their take on poached eggs.

I also enjoy having aperitivi (before dinner drinks) and antipasti such as pizzete (little pizzas), olives, and cheese, etc. at the bar. In the late afternoon, the bar scene changes as the baristas pretty much become barmen and thus begin serving one of the numerous, fairly priced, Italian wines to guests sitting at the bar or in the dining room.

I like the convivial, low-key scene and the friendly service at Tarallucci e Vino.  Their restaurant at Union Square has a rustic look with wood furnishings and high tin ceilings. It’s a great place to have breakfast, lunch, aperitivi or dinner and the waiters and waitresses don’t care if you just order just a glass of wine and cheese.

Website:  Tarallucci e Vino

Cost:  $-$$


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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