Sunday, July 15, 2007

'ino

Mabel and I ate at 'ino tonight after seeing Manhattan at Film Forum.


'ino is one of my favorite places in the city. They make excellent panini and other sandwiches, and their wine is fantastic. Anything you order off of their all Italian wine list--which is organized by region--will be good.

We split a half bottle of Massone Cortese Gavi Ino Bianco 2006. I'd never heard of the Cortese grape before, but the wine reminded me of a Savignon Blanc. Mabel said that it was refreshing and minerally. It was a perfect remedy for the hot and humid weather.

The restaurant is on the small side and can get loud when crowded, so it's good to go during off hours like the afternoon or not on a Friday or Saturday. It is super relaxed and has a neighborhood cafe feel during off hours, the kind of place where you can bring something to read and hang out. But even when it gets crowded late at night, it still retains an intimate feeling.

Also, they have a really good breakfast dish of asparagus, truffle oil, and egg called Truffled Egg Toast, and you can get it any time during the day. This time we just opted for some Bruschetta and Panini.

'ino
21 Bedford St (b/n 6th Ave and Downing St)
New York, NY 10012

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