I Sodi

Carrie Bradshaw and Marc Jacobs have radically changed the West Village, but Christopher Street still dotes on unhip bars and sex-toy boutiques. In the middle of it all sits I Sodi, whose owner, Rita Sodi, once a Calvin Klein executive, takes food as seriously as she once took jeans. The menu is small, but you’ll want everything. The fruity olive oil from her family’s grove in Florence and the fig bread from Brooklyn’s Crown Royal Bakery could, with an antipasto and a glass of Italian wine from the bar’s impressive list, easily make a lovely supper in themselves. Add some deep-fried artichokes (thin-sliced, Tuscan-style) and you have a feast. On a recent visit, Villagers descended in ones, twos and threes, eating right at the bar, chatting with the chef and turning “the Sodi’s” little restaurant into one big block party.

menu musts*

Insalata di carciofi (artichoke salad with shaved parmesan)
Lasagna with meat
Carciofi fritti
Salt-baked branzino
Gelato from Capogiro in Philadelphia
* menu changes weekly

sweet seats

Unless you need privacy, resist the impulse to grab a window table in favor of one opposite the bar (or eat at the bar itself), where you can bask in I Sodi’s congenial warmth.

chew on this

A few doors down, literally just seconds away, is Off Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre, making I Sodi the best choice for a pretheater dinner. Pick up your tickets beforehand, linger over your panna cotta and espresso and then slip into your seats just as the house lights go down.


Sun.–Thurs. 5:30 PM–11 PM; Fri.–Sat. 5 30 PM–12 midnight

price range

$16 (pasta) to $35 (steak)