All'onda

The narrow, bi-level All'onda sits on a pretty unattractive block of 13th Street. I was actually a bit scared of what I would find.  Not too impressed by the space on the ground floor, I was surprised to find an airy and bright upper level.  The big picture window at the front of the space gave the room some much needed character and light.

Came to this restaurant specifically for the pasta dishes.  Both of the pasta dishes, cooked al dente, did not disappoint.  The Lumache with duck ragu was nice and hearty.  There was only a hint of the dark chocolate in the dish. Not overpowering at all. 

 LUMACHE WITH AGED DUCK RAGU, TREVISO, CHOCOLATE

LUMACHE WITH AGED DUCK RAGU, TREVISO, CHOCOLATE

The Garganelli with peekytoe crab had a completely different palate.  There's something in the sauce that gave this lighter dish a welcomed spicy kick. The crunchy breadcrumbs on top added more texture to the dish. 

 GARGANELLI WITH PEEKYTOE CRAB, CITRUS, TARRAGON

GARGANELLI WITH PEEKYTOE CRAB, CITRUS, TARRAGON

Verdict: A+.  Overall, I think we ordered quite well.  The two dishes complemented each other nicely.  The space, although a bit blah, was at least quiet and conducive to conversations.  

All'onda
22 East 13th Street (Between University Place & 5th Avenue)
http://allondanyc.com