Weathering the Storm to Dine at Paprika

Weathering the Storm to Dine at Paprika

The weather in NYC can be tricky. More often than not, the local news forecasts imminent snowstorms, which, inevitably, pan out a few weeks (or months) later. This was the case in late January when the city was supposed to be hit with a major blizzard. Of course, that did eventually happen—this past Thursday, when I had plans to dine at Paprika in the East Village.

Being the trooper that I am, I still made the trip to St. Marks Place to check out the intimate downtown eatery. As soon as I entered the space, I was immediately enveloped by a warm, cozy feeling—aided by the restaurant’s décor and ambiance, a mix of rustic-chic elements, including sturdy bookcases along the walls of the dining room—handmade and teeming with leather-bound books and a globe—as well as chill, Downtempo music; a neat glass light fixture that hovers over the bar; and cool paintings that feature modern takes on iconic old New York photos.

On the food front, Paprika’s Northern Italian offerings—from the hearty Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi, with Roasted Assorted Mushrooms and Light Cream, and flavorful Handmade Pappardelle with Braised Oxtail Ragu to the creamy Panna Cotta and Tiramisu—proved the perfect scrumptious pick me up during the cold weather. For more on the restaurant, click here.

 

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