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Ciano (45 East 22nd Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South) now offers an early dinner menu  from 5-6pm on Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant recently opened in the neighborhood and received Very Good reviews from both the New York Times and New York Magazine.

Ciano features seasonal Italian cuisine and opened in November in the old Beppe spot with chef Shea Gallante (formerly of Cru) at the helm. When we first heard of Ciano our first reaction was concern that the neighborhood could not support another higher-priced Italian restaurant. But after eating at Ciano, we found the room to be a warm comfortable space with very few empty seats, and some of the menu items were absolutely amazing (Crostino with Crab, Warm Artichoke Salad). They also had a Rainbow Trout with Pancetta which was the thickest filet of trout I have seen, and it was cooked perfectly. It is expensive, but the quality is up there with the best restaurants.

Click the image to see a readable version of the full Early Dinner Special Menu at Ciano.

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