New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Rather than opening yet another New York wine bar, Gottino owner Jody Williams has opted to christen her West Village project a ß-gastrotecaß-, which she admits is her own made-up word for an Italian gastropub. Whatever it’s called, the combination of great food, great wine, and attentive service makes this one of the best places in NYC to eat and drink well in relaxed surroundings. Gottino strives for a rustic feel and a long marble bar gives the room its heart. The walls are dotted with bottles and jars, while a bright red Berkel meat slicer and piles of seasonal fruit add to the Old World charm. Baskets of complimentary nuts along the bar for customers to crack open at their leisure are another nice touch. All this could feel forced, but somehow it doesn’t. It’s both romantic and atmospheric, a great place for a date. The (all Italian) wine-list is inventively compiled and presented on an official permanent list alongside a blackboard of daily changing specials. Or kick off your night with a sparkling, fruity prosecco cocktail. The food served is also impeccable, with an array of tempting small plates, snacks, salads and crostini, along with superb cheeses and salami. Much of this is produced by busy servers from behind the bar. And while it’s possible to graze all night on these savoury treats, make sure you save room for some creamy gelati, which comes from the acclaimed Capogiro. Cosy and friendly in a low key way, this is a place to treasure.