No question, Rosemary’s West Village Italian restaurant, which opened earlier this month in the old Village Paper spot on the corner of West 10th and Greenwich Avenue, is one of the best looking new places I’ve seen in a long time.
Seriously: from its airy, rustic design–exposed-beamed ceiling, strings of dangling lights, wooden tables and chairs, cool lamps and mirrors, and a long row windows that can be flung open on to 10th Street–to its rooftop garden, which owner Carlos Suarez of Bobo renown plans to use for many of the menu’s key ingredients, Rosemary’s is a knockout.
I went to Rosemary’s new West Village location on its second night, and told Suarez as he was making the rounds, greeting all comers, that if the food here tastes even half as good as the restaurant looks, he’s got a sure-fire hit on his hands. The good news for residents of West Village apartments, and anyone else who likes to eat excellent things at reasonable prices, the kitchen at Rosemary’s is more than equal to the task.
Helmed by Wade Moises, who knows a thing or two about Italian cooking from his days at Babbo, Lupa, and Eataly, the back of the house was a slamming three-for-three for my dinner, each dish bright and alive, beautifully balanced, deeply flavored.
The Rosemary’s menu is filled with delights, and everything is priced so gently (hearty snacks for five bucks, pastas in the low teens, entrees all below $24) that it’s easy to get a bunch of dishes and share. I started with a ramekin of crunchy, juicy Radishes, well-salted in a creamy, buttery “dressing”, and it couldn’t have been more refreshing and perfect.
Which would also describe my Roof Top Garden Herb Salad, slightly lemony, insanely fresh. And, finally, the pasta, which on this night was Chittara alla Carbonara, the thick spaghetti-ish noodles generously studded with smoky, chewy bacon, the cream sauce rich but not overwhelming. Excellent stuff, all of it.
Rosemary’s is located in the West Village on the corner of 10th Street and Greenwich Avenue. It is currently only open for dinner, though breakfast and lunch are in the works. Their complete menu is available on their website.
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