on Empire Boulevard across from the Sony/Loew's theater complex
used to be called the Doll House when it was a mob hangout. I've
driven by it hundreds of times but never really noticed it which
is hard to believe now that I've been there. The front of the
building looks like what Disney would do to an Italian Restaurant
in one of their theme parks.
were seated by Antonio. He gave us a choice of waiting twenty
minutes to sit in the no smoking section or immediate seating
in the smoking section. We chose the smoking section and I asked
if "we had to smoke." Antonio kept a straight face and
said, "No, you don't have to smoke." We ordered a carafe
of Chianti and we tried their lasagna and the eggplant parm. They
were OK. There was a soldier in army fatigues at the next table
talking on his cell phone for about twenty minutes straight. He
was headed off to duty somewhere, swept up in the current military
escalation. He left and it was pretty relaxing.
place is called Marie's now. Steve Greene sometimes plays there.
Hope it lasts. Heard it was good.