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January 25, 2006

Italian Uptown

It is not often that QLL makes an appearance above 14th street. However, after a Friday evening visit to The Met, we found ourselves famished on unfamiliar turf. Leaving the museum on foot we headed east on 82nd street, hoping to stumble upon something delicious. We found Girasole, Italian for sunflower, an UES gem worth the trip uptown.

girasol2.jpgLow ceilings and soft lighting in the dining room create the illusion of an Old World taverna, an image delicately offset by elegant white table cloths and walls peppered with Art Nouveau prints. The clientele is varied -- museum goers, couples, large groups and a spattering of neighborhood locals to whom Girasole is clearly a weekly staple.

The food is remarkable. First to the table is a generous bread basket, and complimentary plate of antipasti. The fresh pastas with homemade sauces that follow are truly outstanding: the carbonara was rich and buttery, the goulash-style lasagnette truly to die for. Our hunger sated by the generous pasta dishes, we never actually made it to the secondi courses that New York Metro describes as "golden...head-turners." We think the entire restaurant is a golden head-turner and hope to be back within the month. Call for reservations.

151 East 82nd Street
btwn Lexington and Third Ave


Posted by EMC at January 25, 2006 11:16 AM


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