Antonucci’s is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Tucked away off Third Avenue on East 81st Street, chef Francesco Antonucci brings his love of Venetian food to an appreciative audience. Visit more than once and the wait staff and Antonucci himself will remember your face and show you to your favorite table. The menu has enough variety to satisfy the discriminating diner as well as a small child. Favorites include the braised beef short ribs and the spaghetti and meat balls.
During the summer, Antonucci’s boasts a small outdoor café, perfect for the young family with the sleeping baby in a stroller. The bar area provides a glimpse into the kitchen while nibbling on Antonucci’s appetizers, including seared calamari and eggplan parmigiana. Best dessert—blueberry granita with whole blueberries and whipped cream. A refreshing end to a satisfying meal. You will return.
Type of Food: Italian
170 East 81st Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues)
Romantic—4 Child Friendly–4
Girls’ Night Out—4 Solo Dining—2
Business Dining—3 Visitors Welcome—4
Dress Code—Casual, Budget—Moderate