First off, Forlini's is not touristy. You really have to know about this place to find it. It is not quite in Little Italy - it's across Canal off by itself. It doesn't have hawkers trying to draw you in. It lets the food do the talking. In our mind it's the best Italian in New York. To top it off the prices are very reasonable. The bread and breadsticks are outstanding. The Argula salad was simple huge and so tasty. The Eggplant Parmigiana was the best Danny has ever had. Roxanne's Fettucini Verde con Bolognese Sauce was brilliant. The service is attentive and good, although there is one fellow who can make you feel rushed to order. A place where longtime Italian-American customers come to touch base with their roots and other discerning in the knows come to get their Northern Italian fix at frugal prices. It started in 1943 and still has that 1940 - 50's ambience. The kind of place that would be in a Martin Scorcese film. The owner is very nice friendly fellow that looks kind of like James Gandolfini aka Tony Soprano. Booths have placards honoring long time Judge and DA customers from the nearby courthouse. The courthouse that AG Holder has suggested would be where he wants the 9/11 mastermind to be tried.
Location: Chinatown / Below Little Italy South of Canal
Address: Forlini Restaurant 93 Baxter Street New York, NY 10013-4491
Telephone: (212) 964-8780
Getting There: Map Directions
The Food: Northern Italian Menu
Good to Gets: Veal. Eggplant Parmigiana. Fettucini Verde con Bolognese Sauce. Argula Salad. House Chianti. Grilled meats.
Good To Knows: Bar. Takeout. Credit Cards. Pay Parking Lot. Metro.Takes Reservations. Kid and Wheelchair Friendly.
When To Go: Lunch Dinner Late Night. Mon-Sun 12pm - 12am