As pleasant places to visit and spend time go, New York City has plenty.
ACME, formerly known as Acme Bar & Grill is a contemporary bistro which combines the classic French training and Italian-American upbringing of Loiacono, the former executive chef at Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne. It remains quintessentially New York while creating a seasonal neighborhood restaurant with a variety of flavors and techniques.
Its cocktail list was created by Dev Johnson of Employees Only and features a mix of well-executed classics like Negronis and Manhattans with twists. The restaurant’s noteworthy wine program is under the direction of Nicole Hakli, a veteran of The Nomad and Eleven Madison Park, who bolsters a diverse and accessible selection of the restrained and balanced classic styles of the Old World; a fresh perspective to ACME’s inventory.
The downstairs houses a rock ‘n’ roll club which is well storied and time-worn. It has been renovated into a cocktail bar well suited for pre-dinner drinks, large-party dining, and private events. Additionally, the ACME Downstairs menu includes a number of dishes from the restaurant, as well as more casual small-plate selections.
Most reservations can be made online, however, those unavailable can be obtained by speaking with a reservationist thorough the restaurant’s reservation lines which are open daily from 11:30AM.
Easy and simple is also fun. Franny’s is a neighborhood pizzeria comprised of hardworking people committed to highest quality and consistent food experience. It has a national following and a seasonal menu which is locally sourced and often-changing. It includes small plates of modern Italian treats, delicious cocktails, microbrew beer, and a fine wine selection. Even the simplest of salads evokes food envy, especially within the stark, yet warm, setting, its comfortable vibe and a cellar with made to order Francesco Simeti artwork and elegant walnut woodwork and tables.
It accepts reservations for all party sizes, including events such as birthdays, showers, engagement parties and anniversaries. Its private room can accommodate up to 32 guests for a sit-down dinner, or 45 guests for a cocktail party. The restaurant is available, in its entirety, for buy-outs, and can accommodate a maximum of 100 people.
Reservations are taken starting two weeks prior to the desired reservation date, and they can be made daily, by telephone, from 3pm until 10pm. They always reserve space for walk-in customers, especially during very times; these guests are accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.
For breathtaking events is Tarallucci e Vino, an events crafting company which offers an integral service and thoughtful hospitality through two spectacular event spaces fit for any occasion.
The Mezzanine room is one intimate and ideal for 30 guests or a cocktail party of 80; the 6th Floor Loft can be furnished for any type of event, be it a business gathering for 50 or a celebration for 120. Both spaces boast a bar, a lounge area, beautiful tables, as well as unique mirrors.
Chef Riccardo Bilotta will create a menu based on the seasonal produce from the Union Square Market in close proximity, and inspired by a combination of traditional Italian cuisine and modern culinary practices that will leave every guest in awe. Additionally, they carry a wine selection which reflects their commitment to small scale, family-run vineyards in Italy, as well as the use of grapes hardly found anywhere else in the United States.