With only a few years on the downtown circuit, this chic charmer is already a bonafide Village sweetheart. Brought to you by the team behind the wildly popular Emporio and Aurora, Baker & Co. is housed in the beloved and much-missed Zito & Sons Bakery—and the interior features a long, welcoming bar, cozy, wood-lined banquettes and a vibrant red-and-white mosaic floor.
The kitchen doles out honest, unfussy Italian rendered with a deft hand and deep attention to ingredients. Lasagna, with its delicate sheets of pasta layered with cream-tinted veal and pork ragù, is a classic production. Consider the luscious burrata, paired with pencil-thin roasted asparagus, or the tender branzino with asparagus, toasted hazelnuts, arugula and chili flakes.- MICHELIN guide inspectors