A quiet and sophisticated haven for those who appreciate the finer things. Piora exudes a distinct and discreet elegance, but still manages to come off warm and charming.

Who To Take: a special date or a foodie to toast a special occasion with

[SADLY, THIS PLACE HAS CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN TRY THEIR NEW SPOT: COTE] Piora is one of those restaurants that bears a certain presence that can draw you in off the street. And so it happened, after attending the Best Dressed Sommelier competition, whose winner was the sommelier at Piora, I walked by and was immediately attracted.

It’s one of those compact and lovely spots in the outskirts of Greenwich Village that’s totally worth the trek. The place exudes a feeling of order and elegance, like being on a cruise ship in the 1920s, accompanied by extremely warm and friendly service. We loved the bartenders in white jackets and the accompanying sophisticated barware from Japan and the matching cocktails.

We tried a couple of cocktails: Czar’s New Rule was a lovely combination of cucumber vodka, lemon juice, honey, cucumber, and Tomr’s tonic; Leaves Falling featured earl grey gin, calvados, apple juice, lemon juice, and maple syrup. At the end of our meal we received a bonus cocktail made with a rare rum, in lieu of dessert. Very fine indeed.



The menu is limited, but exquisite. Take yourself here for a night of the finest fare and ambiance. If you are thinking of doing the tasting menu, you must reserve in advance.


PIORA, 430 Hudson St (btw Morton/Leroy Sts)