Celebrating a Birthday in NYC STYLE: Dinner at Sessanta Conjures Up Fond Memories of Childhood Italian Dinners At My Best Friend’s House

Who To Take: a group for a celebration or someone who loves good ol’ fashioned red sauce Italian fare

For part “due” of my birthday festivities, we chose this spot as perfect for a group of 8 to chill and indulge. I grew up in Yonkers, NY in a mostly 2nd and 3rd generation Italian neighborhood. So, though I am Slovak by birth, I did get to experience excellent southern Italian home cooking (especially at my best friend’s house next door) so can weigh in on the conversation. What I love about Sessanta is that it evokes just the same Italian palate—simple, yet astonishingly-perfectly-flavorful dishes.

Needless to say, the order of the day was to start with some fresh salads to share, plus an order of meatballs, before indulging in pasta entrees. On the table: a Rigatoni Bolognese Pecorino, Tagliatelle Pesto Genovese, Orechiette with broccoli rabe, sweet sausage, and pecorino. Plus a requisite order of Eggplant Pamigiana, of which you can take home half.

So much fun here with exemplary service and room to breathe. I highly recommend this as a perfect birthday celebrartion spot.

Sessanta, in the Thompson Hotel, 60 Thompson St (betw Spring/Broome St)