And it just so happens we’ve got couple of those up our hypothetical sleeve over in LES-Nolita territory.
Now, one’s a casual-leaning date spot called Minnie’s. The other is the latest from a by Chloe founder that feels a lot like by Chloe, just, with more pasta. And you’ll find everything else you’d want to know right below these very words.
The Briefest of Backstories
Minnie’s: This comes to us from a native New Yorker/virgin-restauranteur who brought chef John Keller on board to teach him some of her family recipes. So you’ve got that familial touch, but also a chef who knows what the hell he’s doing. Not a bad start.
The Sosta: The latest from by Chloe co-founder Samantha Wasser (you likely know the name), as you could probably guess by one look at the place.
Minnie’s: A natural-light-flooded corner spot with mostly banquette seating, nude sketch-covered pillows, colorful antiqued chairs, low-hanging industrial lights and a token brick wall.
The Sosta: Light pink banquettes, outdoor seating with shade courtesy of pink umbrellas, a neon sign that says “Mangiamo, Baby!,” aka Italian encouragement to eat. And in pink. Obviously.
The Time to Go
Minnie’s: Catching up with a friend on a Thursday, casual dates in probably-not-new relationships on a Friday.
The Sosta: For quick, casual bites. Whenever.
Minnie’s: Mostly light, mostly healthy, with a couple of indulgent options for variety. Think charred octopus salad and smoked cauliflower fritto with harissa yogurt, but also a massive 28-day aged ribeye. Menu’s here.
The Sosta: For dinner, you’ve got five pastas, including a spicy bucatini arrabbiata with cherry tomato and hot cherry peppers, some rather involved salads and a few focaccia sandwiches. For brunch, they’ve got breakfast spaghetti and mini Nutella sandwiches. Menu, reporting for duty.
The Adult Beverages
Minnie’s: The cocktails are the move here. They’ve got spins on classics, like the Backyard (chamomile-infused gin, lime, tonic), as well as unique concoctions like the Love Potion (tequila, grapefruit bitters, yuzu and rose water).
The Sosta: Your quintessential beer and wine on tap, plus spritzers like the classico (Prosecco, cappelletti, soda, orange).
Both right this way.
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