La Bottega, New York
La Bottega Italian restaurant in Chelsea is a surprising find, being housed in the lobby of the Maritime Hotel. The funky trattoria is tiled in white, with borders of bottles, baskets of oranges, and hanging salamis, while brown leather banquettes surround the free pool table. Seating is also available on the terrace; since it is elevated, it affords respite from the street noise and a perfect vantage point for people-watching. La Bottega serves up brick-oven pizza and traditional Italian and pasta dishes like rigatoni, made with prosciutto cotto, cream, peas, and parmigiano.