Santina is a must! There are very few restaurants I will go to multiple times in New York (mostly because I have a list that is never-ending), but this is one restaurant I will go back to time and time again.
As a vegetarian, it can be difficult to find restaurants where I have multiple options. It is even more challenging to find the right restaurant given I have a couple of gluten-free best friends. Santina is the perfect spot to feed everyone. The meat-eater, vegetarian, gluten-free eater and vegan will all be happy. I am incredibly impressed with how the menu can accommodate anyone and even more impressive is the fact that everything on the menu is fantastic!
A must to order are the cecinas, Italian chickpea pancakes that can be enjoyed with multiple toppings. As a vegetarian, I recommend the avocado cecinas. Be sure to use the homemade condiments they serve with them! My favorite entree is the Broccoli & Pecorino rice dish. Truthfully, you can’t go wrong. They even have an extensive list of desserts that can please any sweet tooth. Oh! And, of course, the bar – Santina offers multiple creative cocktails, but my favorite is the Basil Bellini. It is both refreshing and addicting.
Finally, I will mention the rad vibe. Santina is a happy, uplifting spot. Colorful Venetian chandeliers hang from the ceiling, hand-painted colorful plates fill the tables and greenery fills the room. It just doesn’t feel like New York, but in the best way possible. I love it!
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