Avena Downtown Opens in the Old Da Silvano Space - and It’s an Absolute Revelation

“When Da Silvano served its final meal in December of 2016, it was not just the last act for a beloved NYC dining institution – it veritably closed out a chapter of old media schmoozing. Beyond the celebrities, it was a “print media” restaurant, in an increasingly digital world.

A little more than two years on, the West Village space at last has a new occupant – and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Firstly, the new Avena Downtown (sister to the namesake that opened on E. 57th St. in 2017) is decidedly European – though the vibe doesn’t specifically evoke Rome or Naples or wherever. The brick-walled space actually feels a bit Parisian – like you might stumble across it somewhere in the posh 7th arrondissement. But the understatedly mod furnishings, chicly distressed mirrors, and an artful, rustic-industrial sliding door – which can close off the bar from the main dining room – appear straight out of a fashionable eatery in Milano.”

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