Just like Max, Williamsburg… But way, way saltier…
In hindsight, I think I am just spoiled. My mom is the best Italian cook, and I know Italian food so well. It’s been my primary food in take for the past twenty five years of my life, and so I’m hard-pressed to find a restaurant that can really nail a red sauce. Aside from that, my trip to Max’s Tribeca location was great. I’d decided to meet my parents for an impromptu (I can’t believe that’s how you spell that word) dinner. It was quick and easy, near the Holland Tunnel for them, and just a quick subway ride for me. Actually, who am I kidding? The 2 train at rush hour is kind of the worst.
Anyway, the goal was simple: Cheap, accessible, and delicious. Having just eaten at Max’s recently opened Williamsburg location that has replaced their Lower East Side spot, I figured this was the perfect meet-up. And it was, but the food was admittedly very salty. And the red sauce tasted off. Which was not something I’d experienced at their Williamsburg location, particularly while enjoying their meatballs that I chose to describe as truly decadent.
The atmosphere was nice; much more Tribeca, with darker woods, black frames and low lighting, as compared to the industrial and reclaimed wood quotient that is sky-high on every ‘Burg hotspot. The service was great, the wine was better, and the fried green olives were… as you’d expect, damn delicious. The pastas were good too, a gorgonzola gnocchi, and a rigatoni ragu and the lasagna with bechamel and beef. But really, super salty… Maybe it was a one-time thing, or their Chef does things a little differently than at Williamsburg, but I much prefer the ‘Burg location.
Where: 181 Duane Street, between Hudson and Greenwich. | How Much: About $20-40 per person, depending on what you’re trying to eat and drink. Cards okay.