Pulino's Lunch

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Pulino's gamberi pizza: rock shrimp, bits of speck, fennel, and garlic
We caught Pulino's in an easy-going, sunny mood today, the airy room full and bustling but not packed, the windows flung open to the street. It's no surprise that it's a beautifully decorated, skillfully created place--Keith McNally excels at fashioning restaurants you want to hang out in. If the restaurateur heralds gentrification--possibly indirectly responsible for rising area rents--well, at least he does it with panache.

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We stopped in for three dishes, not enough to judge a restaurant on, but sufficient to convince us that a very tasty lunch can be had there. The nduja ($10), above, is a homemade version of the spreadable Calabrian sausage, a mash of pork, pork fat, and red pepper drizzled with olive oil. Mounted on grilled bread, it just needed a sprinkle of salt (provided) to satisfy.

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This antipasto of smoked sable ($15) is extremely delicious, combining the buttery fish with an aioli-like sauce spiked with bottarga, and seasoned with celery leaves, capers, and dill.

Ahead, the pizza...

Location Info

Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria - CLOSED

282 Bowery, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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