I love a busy, scene-y restaurant, but sometimes it’s a welcome break to go somewhere decidedly more relaxed. You know: dim lights, great wine, and a menu full of shareables perfect for splitting amongst a few friends. If all this sounds appealing then Aria may be the perfect spot for you.
Located in the west village, Aria is a cozy wine bar whose specialty is Italian tapas. The ambience is earthy and laid back, with exposed brick, rustic wood tables, and a gorgeous white tiled bar. The wait staff is friendly and the atmosphere lends itself to sipping on wine while chatting with your friend for hours and hours on end.
The food here is delicious, of course, though truth be told the menu isn’t overwhelmingly F-Factor friendly. That said, the more indulgent items are fine if split with a friend and nothing is taboo as long as you abide by the “three bite” rule. Don’t think you have that kind of self control? No fear! The fork may be in your hand but we took care of deciphering the diet friendly dishes for you here:
Men: Eat 3/4 portion of lean protein
Aim for 4-6 oz., or the length of a man’s hand.
Women: Eat 1/2 portion of lean protein
Aim for 3-5 oz., or the size of a deck of cards.
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