Rosemary's Enoteca & Trattoria


By Dane Feldman

Photos by Dane Feldman.

Right in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village sits Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria. The large space located on Greenwich Ave welcomes an array of New Yorkers for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. I stopped in here on a whim when I had dinner reservations elsewhere, but its charming al fresco seating and big windows beckoned.

The food
The Italian restaurant serves insalate, fresh homemade pasta, cheese plates, salumi, seafood, steak, and even specialty focaccia breads that include truffles and black mission figs.

During my visit, I was feeling particularly in the mood for just some good ole pasta. So, I ordered the cavatelli, which comes with beef ragu, fresh orange, arugula, and parmigiano cheese. The pasta itself was deliciously soft, the ragu indulgent and tender, and the cheese shaved perfectly thin. It was the ideal dish: simple enough to make me feel comforted, but also complex enough to leave me feeling satisfied by the fact that I hadn’t been more exploratory.

Next time, though, I may be more inclined to try the tuna crudo with shaved fennel, tomato, grapefruit, and pomegranate or the linguini with preserved lemon, pickled chili, and parmigiano cheese.

The drinks

Rosemary’s boasts an enormous selection of wine, both by the bottle and the glass, as well as a small selection of beer. In keeping with their extensive wine list, the cocktails are strictly wine or vermouth-based. I went for the Rosemary’s Lemon Fizz: rosemary lemonade, simple syrup, and prosecco, complete with a fresh sprig of rosemary.

The cocktail was quite tasty and the light and fresh drink paired quite well with my heavy dish.

The service/ambience
I found Rosemary’s to be an exceptionally pleasant experience all around. The service was wonderful and the space is absolutely lovely. Natural light floods in from every angle and the open space allows for patrons to feel as if they are dining al fresco even when they are inside.

Moreover, Rosemary’s authenticity to its Italian roots is abundantly noticeable. Aside from the food, I was impressed by the way the restaurant pays homage to imbibing in Italy. There, it is quite common to only drink wine or vermouth with dinner and other liquors are not as popular as they are here. The extensive wine list and vermouth and wine-based cocktail list played into this quite well and I didn’t feel that it left anything to be desired.

In fact, my only desire is to return to Rosemary’s to dine in their rooftop garden.