74 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10014 212-367-7470 http://www.centrovinoteca.com/best_italian_restaurant_nyc_main/index.php
Updated January 21, 2014: Sadly I’ve just learned that Centro Vinoteca has closed. Anyone visiting this prime location in the West Village, let me know what’s there now!
Centro Vinoteca has become one of my favorite happy hour spots. A quick 10 minute subway jaunt from my office, Centro’s apertivo every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm boasts discounted specialty cocktails and quartinos of wine with a complimentary piccolini sampler, including one of their to die for truffle deviled eggs. I’m partial to the refreshing mojito sbagliato, made with prosecco and fresh mint. Go in the spring and summer when the windows are open and the crowd is buzzing.