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I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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Cute Spot for Some Wine and Small Plates

My friend (and ex-coworker) and I attempted to try out the new ‘inoteca spot in Gramercy a few weeks ago, but the 1+ hour wait at 7:30 on a Wednesday night deterred us. Instead we ended up at Cavatappo a few blocks north. Andrea had been to its uptown location before and recommended it, and I’m glad we went.

Unlike ‘inocteca, we were able to get a table without any trouble, and we spent almost two hours catching up over wine and some small plates. Andrea started with a salad with shaved cheese on top which she seemed to enjoy, and we split the goat cheese and truffle oil pizza and the pear and gorgonzola pizza.

The goat cheese and truffle oil pizza was delicious, but the garlic flavor was a little overpowering for me. I liked the crusts on both pizza, except at the rim, where it became too hard and crispy, and almost impossible to cut with a knife and fork. The pear and gorgonzola pizza was my favorite. I thought the soft and sweet pair was paired perfectly with a stronger cheese like gorgonzola. However, Andrea’s favorite was the goat cheese and truffle oil pizza, so I guess it’s just a matter of preference.

If you’re looking for a cute wine bar to catch up while sharing some food, it’s definitely worth checking out Cavatappo. And even without any kind of deal or discount, it didn’t break the bank!

The Basics
Name: Cavatappo
Location: 347 Third Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets
Who to take: Friends, Date
Price:  Typical NYC for food – $$. Add a drink and you’re looking at $$$
Overall:  Definitely worth a try. 3.5 Stars.

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2 comments to Cute Spot for Some Wine and Small Plates

  • Lauren

    I LOVE Cavatappo. There is another location on 2nd between 90th and 89th on the UES (Laura, have you been?). I recommend the bread and cheese plate and a carafe of red!

  • Alicia

    I went here last night with a couple of friends (on your recommendation, of course). We ended up staying for about three hours. They had a happy hour special with $5 glasses of Sangria- I got the pineapple, and my friends got the peach and traditional red apple. They were all delicious. We got some plates too- cheese, prosciutto etc, and got the chocolate fondue. Everything was amazing, I’ll definitely go back.

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