1 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Sometimes, you don’t really feel like going all out for a meal out. In fact, sometimes keeping things super simple is the remedy for all that ails you. Unfortunately all too frequently if you want to enjoy a good glass of wine with that simple meal you’ll be stuck with brand name plonk at restaurant markup prices. Of course, there are some exceptions to prove this rule. Want to know the best place to go in New York City to enjoy a simple, affordable and easy meal, and pair it with great wines at great prices?
The name is as simple as the concept; it’s Otto. While nominally a pizzeria that does produce wonderful individual pies, it also turns out some superbly simple pastas like Bucatini all’Amatriciana (made with guanciale, black pepper, onion and tomato) or Linguini alla Carrettiera (baby plum tomato, black pepper, garlic chives and basil) that are the perfect foil for the restaurant’s killer wine list. Augment your pasta with your favorite choices from the extensive antipasto menu and you’ll be eating like a king, with plenty of money left over to splurge on one of their super affordable bottles.
Recent great buys off the list include:
2009 Terre Nere Etna Rosso $39
2010 Valle dell’Acate Frappato $34
2008 Coenobium Cistercensi $44
2004 Sella Bramaterra $54