Gemma

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You'll find this stylish eatery in the boutique Bowery Hotel in Manhattan's East Village. The interior will transport you to a rustic Italian trattoria with it's deep wood, blazing candles, and semi open kitchen. The patio is the ideal place to people watch and be seen with a crowd of beautiful diners. In the winter you'll go to be cozy indoors, in the summer it provides one of the area's best outdoor seating venues. 

The menu at Gemma offers typical Italian fare of varied insalata, wood-fired pizzas, and pastas. It is not regional but more of a compilation of favorites. Try the Focaccia Robiola with white truffle oil, creamy robiola and salty prosciutto. You can choose between 8 different crostini the best of which are ricotta with oven-dried tomato or burrata & artichoke. They offer 16 different types of meat & cheese to graze upon while you sip wine from their ample list. Clearly the menu was written for sharing over long leisurely meals. Here's what we had: 

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Salumi e Formaggi chef’s assortment of meats and cheeses

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Focaccia Robiola white truffle oil, creamy robiola

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Pappardelle ragu of grass fed beef short ribs topped with ricotta

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Truffled Polenta Fries

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Tiramisu

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Address: The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Phone(212) 505-7300

www.theboweryhotel.com/dining.php