New York Magazine

Two Cuisines, Two Menus, Too Much

Italienne succeeds most when it keeps things simple.

2 Stars


19 W. 24th St., nr. Broadway 212-600-5139

AT FIRST GLANCE, there’s not much about the deceptively sophisticated dining operation Italienne to distinguish it from the great rabble of nouveau Italianate joints that seem to open around this pasta-saturated town on an almost hourly basis. There’s the slightly bland, lost-in-translation name (French for “Italian”), which manages somehow to sound less like a distinguished dining destination than the name of a corporate conference room in a midtown hotel. There’s the location, in the anonymous canyons of the Flatiron District (in recent years, a

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