Hg2 : The Hedonist


The stark-black cat-seat bar, with its peering position into the wide-open kitchen, is our favorite perch in the house, as it is Anito Lo’s when she wants to have a thoughtful solo meal.

And chef Ralf Kuettel? He’s in it for the wine list, thoughtfully put together by co-owner (and former Babbo somm) Joe Campanale, who also had the high-minded idea to have hand-blown Milanese crystal sent over to ever-increase your swirling, sipping pleasure.

Order a few of chef Gabe Thompson’s addictive bruschette, like the fresh ricotta with a smattering of sea salt or garlicky octopus, house-made pastas, and whatever you do, do not miss the salty, juicy chicken al diavolo – spicy as the name suggests, but far more interesting for more than just the heat, with a smoky undercurrent, roasted garlic, and fresh wilted spinach.

38 Eighth Avenue (Jane),
West Village,
+1 212 366 6633
Opening Times
daily, 5.30pm (4pm Fri-Sun)-2am
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