Armory Show Eats
by Julie Besonen, 02/26/2014
Photo: Sandra Johnson
401 W. 52nd St., 212-247-8137, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
Casellula would be a gem in any neighborhood but it's particularly nice to find tucked away on a side street in Hell's Kitchen, walkable from the Armory Show and the Theatre District. The small, candlelit, brick-walled café is large in its ambitions, with a scholarly program of 30-plus cheeses and dozens of wines from around the world. By-the-glass options alone include grapes from Hungary, Portugal, Lebanon, Germany and Oregon. It's also the place to explore the world of Madeira, mead, sherry and port. Would you like to know the perfect drink to accompany maple-honey popcorn, a goose-breast reuben (available sporadically) or chocolate cake? The servers are primed for an erudite conversation.