Eat Homeade Gnocchi at this West Village NYC Favorite
Malatesta is one of the best Italian restaurants in New York: when it comes to the quality of the food and the value, it cannot be beat. It sits on the corner of Washington and Christopher Streets in the West Village, and during but winter months, it has outdoor seating with fantastic people watching.
The bread is homemade and authentic, served with luxurious olive oil for dipping. Glasses of wine start at $7, a refreshing price from the $15 average you’ll find in most other places in the city. Service is warm, inside seating is extremely cozy and menus are handwritten, with the specials changing daily. My personal favorites: the arugula parmigiano salad to start, followed by the spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce (also handmade, as I believe everything is).
If you come during peak hours and days, be prepared to wait, but there are plenty of places nearby to grab a drink, as well as the West Side Highway and Hudson River only one short block west. Malatesta is cash only, so stop by the ATM before you visit.