The vibe: A narrow, dimly-lit space decked out with pristine white tablecloths and vintage art on the walls. There are only 28 seats in Elina’s and you’ll probably end up close enough to another party to overhear the majority of their dinner conversation.
The food: Classic red sauce Italian-American dishes done right, including a vinegar-drenched chopped salad, rigatoni in vodka sauce and a golden chicken parmesan. Make sure to order the mozzarella en carozza—a crispy mashup of a mozzarella stick and a grilled cheese sandwich.
The drink: Currently, Elina’s is BYOB (the corkage fee is $10 per person), so you can choose your favorite bottle or six-pack to pair with a hearty Italian meal. Once the spot secures a liquor license, expect a menu of cocktails and wine.