Restaurant Review: Da Nico

My boyfriend and I visited Da Nico in Little Italy, NYC! I wanted to share all about our experience, mostly because it was so positive! We discovered this beautiful little restaurant just by walking through Little Italy on a Friday night, and the food met my expectations for the neighborhood. Below I describe our experience at the restaurant and the quality of the food.

About Da Nico

Da Nico has been around since 1993 and is family-owned, which we love supporting! They have an Instagram page here, where you can view photos of their delicious meals, and they also have a website here with more information on menus, catering, and hours. We did not know this info about the restaurant before dining here – Once we saw the menu, we were sold on trying it! But after learning more about the restaurant itself, I’m glad we supported their business and visited the restaurant. Their website calls the restaurant “a staple in the New York community,” and I’d say they are top of my list for Italian restaurants in the NYC area now. Keep reading below to see what we ordered for dinner – pictures included!

Little Italy in NYC!


We started with drinks, which were amazing. My boyfriend got the New York Big Apple, and I got the Moscole Mule, one of my favorites. I enjoyed the Moscow Mule, but it was pretty strong. I’d recommend only getting one of them at dinner for how strong the drink was. I didn’t really love the big apple because I didn’t like the type of alcohol in it; I prefer vodka in cocktails over anything else. Either way, the drinks were both pretty good and average for NYC drinks!

Our drinks

Antipasti Freddi

We ordered the Antipasti Freddi as an appetizer and it was delicious! A little difficult to eat in a nice setting, considering it’s a nice restaurant and it’s basically fork-food, but it was well worth it. We ordered this dish because it had prosciutto, and I loved every minute of it! Something I was surprised to love about this dish was the roasted red peppers. They were roasted perfectly and had a certain vinegar-y taste to them that I loved.

Our appetizer 🙂

Chicken Parmesan

My boyfriend ordered the Chicken Parmesan. He loved it! I think the pasta was NYC average, but the chicken was above average. He liked his meal a lot and I thought it was especially delicious as well. I think the chicken was definitely better than the pasta because the pasta was pretty normal… Nothing special. The chicken however had a great taste and even better texture, I think it was the highlight of his dish.

The Chicken Parmesan!

Rigatoni Alla Vodka

I ordered the Rigatoni Alla Vodka, which was aaaaamazing, but very buttery. If you like very buttery noodles and you like vodka sauce, you will like this dish. I personally love ordering the vodka sauce pastas, and it was one of my favorite ones I’ve ordered so far in NYC. I also got a side of meatballs to split with my boyfriend, since it came with two. The meatballs were AMAZING! I highly recommend ordering them with the rigatoni – you’ll have a delicious meal. It was the beat pairing.

The Rigatoni Alla Vodka

Irish Coffee

Lastly, we both got Irish Coffees. They did not serve decaf coffee, which was a bit disappointing but not a deal-breaker for me. I suggest, if coffee affects you heavily, or if it’s very late when you finish dinner, to skip the Irish coffee since it is not served decaf at all. They were pretty good, but it was strange to me that they came iced! I’ve never seen that before, typically it is a hot drink. I actually really like Irish coffee both ways, but I especially love iced coffee so this was awesome that they served it iced for me. Highly recommend ordering this drink as well after dinner!

The Irish Coffee!

Overall, we had a wonderful experience here. The restaurant was pretty busy because it had a private party going on upstairs, but they were still attentive to our table and gave us good service. The food came out pretty quickly, considering they were so busy with the private party, and the staff was extremely helpful and nice. I’d return to this restaurant – Thinking about it now makes me want to go back this weekend!I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re in the area. Check out their menu and website here!

What’s your favorite dinner spot you’ve tried in New York? As always, thanks for reading 🙂

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