[Photograph: Carey Jones]

Always on the lookout for a good aperitivo hour in Manhattan, I was happy to stumble upon the happy hour special at Ballaró Caffé Prosciutteria—between 6 and 7:30 p.m., seven nights a week, the purchase of a glass of wine earns you entrée to a beautiful buffet spread. Expect at least a few cured meats, freshly sliced from hefty hunks of prosciutto or from rounds of mortadella; cheeses, at least three or four, tending toward the aged and Italian; and any number of other antipasti, from white anchovies to roasted garlic to tiny bruschette and fresh green olives.


Eat up.

Ballaró Caffé Prosciutteria: Italian Meats, Cheeses, and Panini in the East Village

Ballaró Caffé Prosciutteria

77 Second Avenue, New York NY 10003 (map)


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