Popular seafood restaurant opens in the West Village.
Popular seafood restaurant falls victim to biblical flood.
Flood subsides to reveal an Italian eatery/wine bar/expertly crafted date spot.
Yes, that old number.
Introducing Caffe Muzio, an all-day espresso bar, enoteca and intimate dining room that’s risen from the waterlogged ashes of Choptank, opening tomorrow.
Think of this rustically styled, multiroom and alfresco-capable gem as a full-service Italian date spot. Or what Eataly would be like if it suddenly slimmed down and started playing the field.
For Date #1, you’ll meander into the windowed and mirrored bar side of the complex. Here, you’ll make use of a counter full of housemade pastries and the kind of drip coffee that’s somewhere between art and prescription drug.
Date #2: a return rendezvous to the exact same spot. Only this time you’ll head straight towards the dimly lit back and settle in at a high-top metal table for bites of Bone Marrow Sformato and quartinos of lambrusco.
From here, you could take that bottle and head across the room to the Roman-inspired restaurant (overseen by Dell’anima’s former chef). Or stay right where you are, and let the olive-steeped vodka and Razor Clam Scapece come to you.
It’s sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure with specialty cocktails and Italian braised goat.