Cipriani Downtown. “Eurotrash Central.” Some might say. Well, it is true I guess. The place is often filled with them, Eurotrash, moneyed Europeans with cash, Ferrari’s, Rolex Watches, Prada, Monolos, and Gucci Bags and Glasses.
Yes, some of the clientele can be pretentious, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Downtown Cipriani is a great restaurant with a wonderfully unique ambiance, where one can really have a nice time. I have, and on numerous times.
Yes, it is insanely expensive, I bopped in for a Negroni the other day, $21.00, not including the tip. Add tip, an even $25 spot, for just one little drink. The famed Carpaccio (Invented by founder Giuseppe Cipriani) is $28, the Tagiolini Gratinee is $27, and a Veal Milanese will set you back $41.
Cipriani gets a lot of negative feedback from people who can’t handle the place, but for everyone who hates it, I’ll show you 10 who Love it. As for me, I can easily understand why certain people may not like the place. Myself and about a dozen friends who I go there with, we Love it. The place is a lot of Fun, Vibrant and “Full of Life.” The ambiance is awesome! If you’ve ever been to the Mother-Ship “Harry’s Bar” in Venice you will recognize some Harry’s Bar’s famous decor style of smaller tables and chairs along with smaller flatware and Silverware, but the Silverware is real Silver and beautiful. The Bar is of the same Wood of that at the famous Harry’s Bar and the walls of Downtown Cipriani are filled with fabulous Art-Work that would never Fly at harry’s in Venice, but is just perfect here in what was once the Capital of New York Art, Soho. There is a incrediable large Photo of Wild Horses running of the Wilds of the West, it’s “Magnificent.” I Love the Big Picture of Dizzy Gilesseppe and Beautiful Girls as well.
And of the food, I don’t care what anyone says, “It’s superb.”
The Pasta Dishes are awesome, as is the famed Beef Carpaccio, Calves Liver Venenziana, and just about anything.
if you’ve never been there, check it out, you might Love it. But then again, you might not. I have had many Good times there. I love it. If you don’t, you have the choice of never having to go again, but there will be thousands to take your place.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
photos Daniel Bellino Zwicke