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Lasagna Ristorante - 196 8th Ave (at 20th St.) is my go-to in Chelsea. I hesitate to call it a "gay" restaurant, but it is. Thankfully. It may surprise a lot of people to know that in Manhattan, these restaurants are few and far between. It's not flaming in your face, well, it can be sometimes, but Lasagna is fun, comfortable, and the food is yummy. And not to fear, it's straight-friendly.
Like its name, Lasagna offers a multitude of lasagnas - veal lasagna, eggplant lasagna, prosciutto lasagna, chicken lasagna, lobster lasagna, and even...create your own lasagna! So, it's a lasagna restaurant...but so much more. They have steaks, chicken, seafood, all prepared with a strong Mediterranean influence.
And when the weather is beautiful, like it was on this visit, french doors open out onto a charming sidewalk cafe. Awhile back, writing colleagues and I even had a rousing round (rectangular) table dinner at Lasagna. It's a great place for a party.