Serial restaurateur Russell Norman's cool, New York-style dive still knows how to draw the crowds – not only hardnosed foodies and locals, but also regulars who return for banging rock music, old-school cocktails and riffs on classic American dishes. It may be only two years young, but Spuntino's decor deceives – everything from the rusted tin ceiling to the artfully stained subway tiles suggests an undiscovered institution. The menu stays with its trusty small-plate signatures: indulgent mac and cheese, artery-busting truffled egg toast, succulent ground beef and bone-marrow sliders. For dessert, the cheeky take on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a must. Tattooed staff keep queuing punters happy with ‘too-quaffable wines' until a stool at the bar becomes free – about 30 minutes these days.
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