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by Marisa Olsen

An Artsy Chelsea Dinner

After doing some Thursday evening gallery hopping, my accomplice and I stumbled upon heaven-Naima- an intimate Chelsea wine and pasta bar.

It was perfect treat for our tired artistic feet. Upon entering the dim restaurant, we were immediately greeted by a friendly hostess who let us choose our seats. Later, we were introduced to our server who appeared to be Italian, an extra bonus and the fun only continued from there.

The menu is well priced, as is the wine list. We ordered a bottle of Montepulciano D'Abruzzo for $28 and started with a salmon carpaccio starter ($10) and shared the paccheri pasta with slow roasted meat sauce and fresh ricotta ($15)--a very sweet and savory dish that had all of the concepts to yell "oh my god" with every bite. In addition, each table is treated to bread and a dip of green lentils and garlic that is marinated in olive oil. The food was great. The only thing we requested was a lemon wedge for our salmon and fresh pepper for the peccheri. Naima is a great place to go with a date or friend. I think next time we may sit at the bar and order a new dish to sample...

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