Now that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his family have made the decision to move from their 11th Street home to Gracie Mansion, the Times has a piece that notes some of the dishes BdB has enjoyed in the hood and is leaving behind — though, we’re pretty sure we’ll still see him occasionally at these local spots:
Bar Toto, 411 11th Street
Just down the block from his home, he has had family and business dinners here for years, noting favorites as the grilled chicken salad and the rigatoni with roasted eggplant and smoked mozzarella, and favoring the beer Moretti or a glass of Nero d’Avola. The Times says that wife Charlene McCray requested a grilled shrimp salad be added to the menu, and it’s still on there.
Smiling Pizzeria, 323 7th Avenue
Their choice for delivery, and others have noted he favors veggie pies. This spot also has the support of Patrick Stewart, though not many of you agree that it’s the best pizza in the area.
Little Purity, 390 7th Avenue
His favorite breakfast spot, favoring oatmeal with blueberries or bananas or occasionally an egg sandwich, though we’ve read he told owner Nick Kolosakas that his coffee sucked.
Mr. Falafel, 226 7th Avenue
Owner Aladdin Habib tells the Times that the family, who he says likes to eat healthy, have been coming there for almost 20 years.
Convivium Osteria, 68 5th Avenue
For special occasions, he likes it for its quiet atmosphere — good enough for big meetings like chatting with future police commissioner William Bratton and his wife.
Al Di La, 248 5th Avenue
Similarly enjoyed at special occasions, the Times says that it’s less of a choice for the family because of its no-reservation policy.
Photo via Bar Toto