October 02 2011
Hole-in-the-wall discoveries are the holy grail among gastronomes, and in New York there is a new 18-seat address that takes no bookings but is packed with three sittings a night: Torrisi (www.piginahat.com) at 250 Mulberry Street. A sandwich shop by day, the Italian-American menu is changed each evening – four antipasti, a pasta, a choice of two entrées, a palate-cleansing ice and a cookie plate – to spectacular effect, with simple highlights including the great balls of mozzarella.
The restaurant is around the corner from The Nolitan (pictured; www.nolitanhotel.com; from $525), a just-opened 55-room boutique hotel on the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets. Clear and frosted glass dominate the aesthetic, with standout rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that make you feel as if you’re floating above the street below.