La Sirena

88 Ninth Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10011


The dramatic black and white design of La Sirena, a contemporary Italian restaurant in Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel, calls to mind the Fellini-esque musical Nine. It's easy to imagine a camera panning the mosaic-tiled courtyard and gorgeous, glass-walled dining rooms filled with a cast of beautiful people laughing and chatting. The real-life entertainment quotient involves partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, who haven't opened something this grand in the City since Del Posto in 2005. For dinner, pastas are across-the-board amazing, from garganelli with capon ragu to duck mezzelune (half moons) in marinara sauce. The place is also open for breakfast (duck egg and polenta with herb and almond pesto, for instance), and lunch offers a scaled-down version of the dinner menu, albeit with additions such as a "big salad" and a double cheeseburger.

Photo: Kate Previte


  • Bar/Lounge
  • Good for Groups
  • Notable Chef
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • $$$$
  • Italian

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