Business Travelers: Do you recommend Dell’anima for
Yes, back in The Village. I have celebrated a couple of happy events (or not so happy if getting older irks you) at Dell’anima. Love the place, so was anxious to go back, sit, eat at the bar and write about it.
The Dell’anima Experience: On Friday, August 3, 2012 I walk into Dell’anima about 7:15 P.M., sit at the bar and order a glass of wine. The place is packed and I snag the last seat at the small bar. The crowd is a mixture of dating couples, West Village locals and other who are just getting their night started with dinner, they have all picked the right place.
Dell’anima, “of the soul” in Italian, serves an inventive, fresh menu which changes frequently. Don’t worry when I say “inventive”, everyone will find something they like on the menu. I order an appetizer with Tomatoes and Ricotta and and then the Risotto Alla Pilota, housemade sausage, salumi and pecorino. Everything was delicious, the other patrons were terrific as well. The bartender handled the bustling crowd and made everyone feel welcome. A truly enjoyable evening at the bar.
It was a Friday night so getting into the restaurant without a reservation would be more challenging than usual and getting one the seats at the small bar was tough as well. I got the last of one of the bar seats and shifted down one seat later to make room for two people to my left. The bar has about 8 seats and faces the wall leaving most of the restaurant and street activity behind you. No televisions, no problem.
Business Travelers: It was a Friday night so not the biggest business traveler night out of the week. Dell’anima is worth the trip to the West Village for a meal. Make a reservation or wait for a seat at the bar. A great place for a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Not a large place with moderate sound and an open kitchen. Next time I will try to sit at the chef’s counter. There were a couple of women eating alone at the bar making Dell’anima a good place for women traveling on business. Allow some time to check out the surrounding West Village neighborhood and stop by nearby Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake.
38 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10014