Downtown Manhattan is one of the most exciting and culturally eclectic parts of the city, with a rich history of street art, design and music. Encapsulating this is Charlie Bird, a modern bistro-style restaurant in Soho with rustic New York style and contemporary Italian cuisine.
Established in 2013, the small but perfectly formed restaurant has an industrial, neighbourhood feel with bare wooden flooring, exposed brick, large pendant lighting and mustard leather booths. This is reflected in the menu, which offers a carefully edited selection of classic Italian dishes just like Nonna used to make, but with a slick New York edge – think grilled octopus saltimbocca with fava beans and prosciutto, or whole wheat tagliatelle with clams, rapini and chile. Quite possibly the best thing about Charlie Bird, though, is the classic ‘90s hip hop coming through the speakers – the perfect accompaniment to rainbow trout with fennel sausage and Sardinian fregola, non?
For more information, visit the Charlie Bird website.
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Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of Charlie Bird.