Look for the new bocci court behind this enoteca. The restaurant serves small-plates as well as full plated meals such as fusilli with spicy sausage; salmon with escarole and white beans; and chicken “cooked under a brick” with spinach and Diablo sauce. BYOW on Mon. Reservations suggested. Open every day for dinner; brunch on Sun.
Best Wine List 2008. So stung by the prices at your local wine bar that you never order more than one glass? Then head down to Nessa where it's actually affordable to try multiple glasses. Featuring quartinos, half-bottles, and bottles, this short, sweet, Italo-centric wine list was composed by sommelier Jean Luc Le Ducirc (formerly of Daniel; current owner of Manhattan's Le Du's Wines). Never overwhelming in price or length, Nessa's wine list is just right; for sipping, swapping, sharing, and sampling.
Best Dessert: Nutella Panini With Bananas 2008. Diners at Nessa are helpless against this dessert. The chocolaty smell of hot Nutella, vaporized as it hits the panini press, spreads through Nessa's dining room like a virus. Suddenly, infected with the aroma, wild-eyed and frantic, diners simply have to get their own; and dessert orders start rushing in. Once you've tasted this addictive, hot, crisply corrugated dessert, you'll be flagging your waiter down, too.