The Gr-Eat Outdoors
by Julie Besonen, 06/05/2013
Photo: Daniele Teodoro
246 Tenth Ave., 212-206-6766, Chelsea, Manhattan
Rain may patter down and a chilly wind might blow, but you'll still be able to dine in comfort on Bottino's chic alfresco patio. A greenhouse roof will shelter you, and heat lamps hang overhead. Even the mid-century modern dining rooms are indoor/outdoor affairs, with sliding glass doors and gallery white walls that soak up sunlight. The West Chelsea art community has embraced this canteen since its 1996 debut, and the prices can't hurt. The Tuscan lunch and dinner menu offers several salads for under $10, such as pear, Gorgonzola and walnuts with baby arugula. Pastas like orecchiette with broccoli rabe and boar sausage are under $20 and can be matched with a bottle of Italian wine for under $40. The attitude is European in the best sense, pleasant and accommodating.