by Julie Besonen, 11/20/2012
Lamb meatball sliders. Photo: Malcolm Brown
377 Greenwich St., 212-925-3797, TriBeCa, Manhattan
Bewitching forests of plants flank the doorway to Locanda Verde, making it one of the most welcoming entrances in the City. Inside is pretty spectacular too, a capacious café and dining room with a jaunty, cosmopolitan air. Located at the base of the posh Greenwich Hotel (co-owned by Robert De Niro), the restaurant is filled with internationals enjoying the good life; breakfast might be sheep's-milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast, and the evening may end with Andrew (The Dutch) Carmellini's famous lamb meatball sliders and fire-roasted garlic chicken for two. It's a great place for groups to gather—there's a private dining room with a fireplace and special menu served family style.