The crowd at this rustic restaurant is stylishly urban. Inspired by the proverbial "peasant" cuisine where meals were prepared in the kitchen hearth, chef-owner Frank DeCarlo cooks all of his wonderful food in a bank of wood- or charcoal-burning ovens, from which the heady aroma of garlic perfumes the room. Don't fill up on the crusty bread and fresh ricotta or you'll miss out on flavorful Italian fare like sizzling sardines that arrive in terra-cotta pots, or spit-roasted leg of lamb with bitter trevisano lettuce and polenta.
- Address: 194 Elizabeth St., between Spring and Prince Sts., NoLIta, New York, NY, 10012-4255 | Map It
- Phone: 212/965–9511
- Website: www.peasantnyc.com
- Subway: 6 to Spring St.; R to Prince St
- Location: NoLIta
- Reservations essential
- Credit cards accepted.
- Closed Mon. No lunch.
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