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TriBeCa Trattoria Opens With Two Private Rooms

By Anna Sekula August 26, 2009, 3:55 PM EDT

Trattoria Cinque

Photo: Courtesy of Trattoria Cinque

A block south of Robert De Niro's Greenwich Hotel and its newly opened restaurant Locande Verde is Trattoria Cinque, a 250-seat Italian eatery. Opened by restaurateur Russell Bellanca (who also owns Midtown's Alfredo of Rome) earlier this month, the rustic 10,0000-square-foot space offers modestly priced seasonal fare and two private rooms suitable for events and entertaining.

Garrett Singer, who previously created the interiors of Hill Country and Klee Brasserie, designed Trattoria Cinque as a 1960s-style trattoria, complete with exposed brick walls, oversize booths, wooden tables and floors, and low-hanging black pendant light fixtures. Fireplaces add warmth to the bilevel spot, and bottles of Campari, Aperol, and Averna contrast with black wainscoting and framed photographs of Italian cars and motorcycles.

On the main floor are a bar room and café seating 85, the 75-seat main dining room, and an intimate private room. The latter, a section of the restaurant known as the Garage, seats as many as 20 around one large table or holds approximately 30 for receptions. Larger groups can take over the lower-level Bellancauto lounge and dining room, two connected rooms that can be booked together or separately. The lounge portion has a bar and room for receptions for 50 guests, while the other seats 50 for dinner or holds 50 for cocktails. Both areas have direct access to the kitchen as well as audiovisual equipment and TVs for presentations.

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