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Joe Biden hits Greenwich Village for Tuscan before U.N. speech

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | President Joe Biden arrived in town Sunday ahead of the United Nations General Assembly and headed right to Greenwich Village with family members for a bite to eat.

Their destination was Il Cantinori restaurant, at 32 E. 10th St., between University Place and Broadway. According to the New York Post, he was accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden and their daughter Ashley Biden.

Sugar Barry, who lives next door, was elated to report the news.

“President Biden is dining right now at Il Cantinori,” she e-mailed The Village Sun around 8 p.m. Sunday night, “my neighbor on 10th Street — amazing scene, very exciting. Security at our door. A zillion security outside. No people were allowed past [onto the block] unless a resident and then accompanied by N.Y.P.D.”

Sometime around 10 p.m., the Bidens finished their meal, receiving a rousing round of applause from their fellow diners as they got up to leave — and cheers from some local residents from their windows — and departed. The block was quiet once more.

Barry added Il Cantinori “was a favorite of Nora Ephron — her sister Delia lives down the street and still goes there!”

In addition to books and movies like “You’ve Got Mail,” Delia “wrote a good book about our nabe,” Barry noted.

Getting back to Biden, he’ll be speaking at the U.N. on Tuesday morning. In other less favorable Biden news, Republican congressmembers, of course, recently opened an impeachment inquiry against him.

As for Il Cantinori, it opened its doors in the Village in 1983 and, according to its Web page, “has been at the forefront of Tuscan cuisine in New York City ever since.”

Owned by Steve Tzolis, Nicola Kotsoni (of Periyali, Bar Room, Amali and Bar Six) and Frank Minieri, one of the restaurant’s self-described secrets to success is to offer “an ever-changing menu.”

“While staying true to many of Tuscany’s classic dishes, the restaurant maintains an ever-growing database of innovative preparations that change with the seasons,” the eatery’s bio states. “With a great deal of history behind us, we are able to select literally hundreds of recipes that have served us well in the past, as well as staying in step with the times. The Italians have a saying: ‘Use the best possible ingredients, and do as little with them as possible.’ That continues to be part of our secret. Tuscan cuisine is healthy cuisine.”


  1. Carol from East 5th Street Carol from East 5th Street September 19, 2023

    Saw a police car blocking traffic from going west on East 10th Street from Third Avenue that day. When I looked down the block and saw no obstruction or flashing lights I wondered why…….

    • Cindy Cindy September 20, 2023

      I don’t know why he came to az unless! To see the destruction ! That was created by the open borders I just don’t understand a lot of it!

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