Play Pool, Listen to Live Jazz & Make It A Game Night at Fat Cat
If you can’t make it to Tuscany anytime soon, this might be the next best thing. At I Sodi, you can sample as-authentic-as-it-gets Southern Italian fare including cacio e pepe (literally, cheese and pepper), tortelli di castagne (house-made chestnut and ricotta tortellini with parmesan) or branzino (whole grilled European bass with capers). When it comes to drinks, lest you forget that Italians have mastered the negroni, this place gives you not just one option but eight negroni options to choose from. And, fun fact, I Sodi takes its olive oil seriously. The restaurant uses oil from olives picked on the I Sodi farm and sells it to customers in one-liter containers on limited occasions.
After dinner, make your way to Fat Cat—a West Village institution featuring live jazz acts and games galore. Practice your pool hustling skills, or try your hands at ping-pong. While you play, you’re encouraged to sup on totally-affordable-by-New-York-standards draught beer or wine. If you feel like a late night, this venue is open until 5 a.m. every night of the week and serves espresso, Americano coffee or tea to keep you going all evening.
105 Christopher Street, Manhattan
75 Christopher Street, Manhattan