Found this neat gem crowed in a small alley way called Belden Place. The alley is lined with several Italian themed restaurants. It is fun to walk down the Alley and watch the hostesses try to get you to come to their spot. I was meeting a group for a reception and glad they picked this spot. The reception was upstairs and it was a nice large area that is used for dinning and special events with a small bar, one note about the upstairs area, the stairs are kind of steep. After the short reception a couple of us decided to stay and eat downstairs, where they have both inside and outside dinning , since e the night was cool but not cold we sat outside in their covered patio.
We managed to get them to allow us to order the Dollar oysters on the happy hour menu even though happy hour had just passed. Which we followed up with dinner, I had the short ribs which was very tender, a couple of others had the Mac and Cheese (which I think comes with kinds of Mac and Cheese) and one had the Crab Linguini everyone said they enjoyed their meals. Our server was attentive but not intrusive and we had a good time sitting outside and watching the people walk up and down the alley trying to make their dinning decision. They have a good wine selection.
The vibe is cool and makes you feel like you are an in insider, since many have walked by Belden Alley and did not notice. I will be back and look forward to not only eating here again but trying some of the other places in the alley as well.
FYI – Belden Place is only a couple of blocks east of Union Square and the surrounding hotels so enjoy the stroll over to find the alley and the dining.
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