Bocca di Bacco

Came here for a friend's birthday drinks. After a few glasses of wine, we decided that food is probably a good idea.  We ordered a bunch of dishes to share. 

GNOCCHI, MUSSELS, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, 

GNOCCHI, MUSSELS, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, 

CLASSIC MEATBALLS

CLASSIC MEATBALLS

BRUSCHETTA TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS, CHEESE, AND TRUFFLE  OIL

BRUSCHETTA TOPPED WITH MUSHROOMS, CHEESE, AND TRUFFLE  OIL

For a chain restaurant (5 locations in the city, all on the westside), the food is surprisingly good. Solid neighborhood standby.   

Bocca di Bacco
169 Ninth Avenue (@ 20th Street)
http://nycrg.com/bocca-di-bacco/

Foragers City Table

I may have just discovered another favorite pancake place! These pancakes are thinner than most pancakes, which somehow elevate them to a fancier level.  The dusting of powdered sugar is also a nice touch. The pancakes themselves are super light and fluffy. I inhaled them in no time. Almost felt like getting a second serving! 

Verdict: Need to come back and try some of the other dishes….although it would be hard not to just order the pancakes over and over again. 

Foragers City Table
300 West 22nd Street (@8th Ave.)
http://www.foragerscitygrocer.com/at-the-table