79 Clinton Street (Rivington)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 777-8956
Site: Visit the restaurant site
2nd Cuisine: Sandwiches
Area: Lower East Side
Falai Pannetteria is the type of place where you could easily hang out all day, sipping a cappuccino and devouring one of their top-notch desserts. The cafe is also true to its roots serving up authentic Italian fare.
The menu boasts traditional dishes like Lasagna Bolognese ($13) and gnocchi in pesto sauce ($12). There also small plates of veal meatballs ($11) and panini sandwiches ranging from prosciutto and mozzarella ($11) on a traditional baguette to grilled sausage with pickled red peppers on country bread ($10).
Desserts are exceptional, like the strawberry panna cotta ($5). Each mouthful was a delight. They also serve a wonderful almond banana cake ($3). A thin slice of this ultra-sweet cake is topped with a slice of carmelized banana (A little goes a long way). It's perfect with a cup of espresso.
Review By: Thomas Rafael