One of the top fish restaurants in the city, where chef/co-owner Dave Pasternack (who catches much of his own fish) cooks with Italian simplicity and flair.

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At this West Side restaurant partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich (Babbo) celebrate the flavors of Southern Italy allied to the region's seafood. Crudo appetizers (Italy's version of ceviche) make a memorable opener for a meal, followed by house specialties like grilled octopus or roasted branzini (Mediterranean sea bass).

The pretty, pastel-painted dining room with its many windows and well-spaced tables, preserves a feeling of cool spaciousness. In summer, it's hard to beat the flower-planted patio. Service is attentive - and the servers are as stylish as the food. The crowd is a grown-up, sophisticated bunch -a mix of corporate hotshots and trendy media, PR, advertising, and fashion types.