Inspired by the eponymous Milanese café established in the 1930’s, Sant Ambroeus serves authentic Italian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At this West Village offshoot of the Upper East Side original, the dim interior is furnished with rich wood paneling, a Murano glass chandelier, large booths upholstered with Etro fabric, and candlelit tables after sundown. During the day, however, the sidewalk tables—which provide excellent people-watching—are often in higher demand. The menu includes cappuccino and cornetti (Italian croissants) for breakfast; prosciutto and Swiss cheese panini for lunch; and at dinnertime, filet mignon carpaccio followed by veal Milanese.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.