January 19, 2020   6:20pm

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Love This Food “Find” in NoHo

caffefalai_ss.jpgWandering through NoHo and debating where to eat, we happened upon Caffé Falai. Its crisp white decor, soldier-like row of tables covered by white cloth, lovely lighting, and casual (but intimate) atmosphere beckoned from a large glass window. We checked out the menu posted by the door and walked in, whereby the ever-attentive manager arrived at our side. With warmth and humor he offered us several tables, “wherever you’ll be most comfortable.” OK. So far so good. And, then, the food. It didn’t disappoint. There were great choices, the ingredients were wonderfully fresh and the chef had a light hand (just the way I like)– Italian bread tomato soup … fresh zucchini salad … potato puree tortelli in bolognese sauce … striped bass with artichokes, cherry tomato, Brussel sprout, cannellini beans, in pesto broth … and a surprise complementary desert at the end.

Sigh. What a delightful surprise. And a new name to add to my list when friends say: “Where should I eat downtown that’s not a big deal?”

BTW: don’t let the caffé in the name fool you — this is a real Italian restaurant that’s, surprisingly, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Give it a try when you’re in the neighborhood.

Caffé Falai
265 Lafayette Street
New York City 10002

When you go to the website, the same owner has a place named Falai on Clinton Street — don’t get these two confused.


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