After a week of being in New York, and trying to instill in my colleagues that restaurants in New York can serve more than burgers and fries, we agreed over a Sunday brunch (see review of Zoe's), to try an Italian. During the day we each searched the web for where to go, and as luck would have it three out of four of us suggested Bread Tribeca. A short cab ride away and we turned up, and at this point I realised that I have in fact been there before, albeit on a more drunken and extravagant past "boys weekend"
Looking at the place from the outside, to be honest it doesn't look much. Situated on a street corner the front door has a white plastic overhang entrance, the tables look bare, and even though it was a Sunday evening it did look kind of quiet.
The five of us sat down, and perused the wine list for starters. I spot a favourite of mine, Amarone, but get barked at due to the price (personally I thought it reasonable but then again opinions vary). Having convinced my group that God forbid the wine exceeds the expense limit we could always pay for it ourselves, we settle on a fine Barolo (more expensive than the Amarone - they are so weak).
The waitress comes over and she pretty much knows everything about the wines that they sell, the specials and what goes with what, and makes the start of the meal feel pretty good.
Selections of starters are ordered, the tempura is served on brown paper (no plates), and enough to feed three. The selection of meats and cheese I order comes on a brown wooden board and again is more than enough a main course. The mains arrives, perfectly and simply presented and have a clean taste, I order a pizza with pastrami. The waitress then confuses me with an eastern European because I ask for ketchup to go with the pizza (not the done thing but when I'm paying for the food I want it as I like it). The desserts are out of the world, warm mini donuts served with hot chocolate sauce, was fantastic - in fact I had to order two as the buggers I was dining with ate most of the first portion.
So in summary, some of the best food I have tasted with a huge hangover when combined with clean and uncluttered décor, great service and all in about $80 a head including a more expensive wine from there list. Go there today.