photo by Noah Fecks
Good-looking and often star-studded crowds fill the dining rooms at each of Andrew Carmellini’s three restaurants, but Locanda Verde’s entrenchment in its Tribeca neighborhood sets it apart from Lafayette and the Dutch. The chef opened this urban Italian joint in Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel in 2009, and it has never faltered in its ability to command a constant crush of clientele. Reserve a table in the cavernous dining room or squeeze into a seat at the formidable bar and wend your way through a meal of soft sheep’s milk ricotta, truffle-studded steak tartara, and pappardelle Bolognese while you drink Italian wine. You’ll see a lot of business done over breakfast and lunch at these tables, and brunch is perhaps most beloved by the neighbors, who amble in for morning cocktails, pastries, and lemon ricotta pancakes.