We went there recently. It was crowded at 7:00, and we had to see a play, so we came back a few hours later (the kitchen closes at 10:00, but the place stays open until the last diner leaves). Fancy ambiance? Faggeddaboudit. This unpretentious place is clean and bright, but it has the feel of a true neighborhood restaurant, with an open kitchen and simple decor that welcomes anyone, including families--I could just hear Schlotzzo intoning, "Try the veal, it's the best in the city." So, I ordered veal parma and the fabulous Miss Wendy had fettuchini Alfredo. The meal starts with lightly toasted Italian bread and some nice dipping oil (Zoe brand--the chef-owner's wife is named Zoe). My dinner salad was excellent--fresh crispy greens, nicely shaved carrot (rhymes with garrotte), olives, roasted red peppers, and a chunk of gorgonzola, graced with just the right amount of balsamic vinegar. I also ordered greens and beans as an appetizer--soft, but still crisply escarole amidst tender fava beans with garlic and olive oil. My greens and beans arrived after my entree--a consequence of getting there near closing time--so the waitress told me it would be complimentary. The veal parma came atop a foundation of al-dente spaghetti, complimented by a fine, mild tomato sauce (listed as "mother's gravy" on the menu). The breading was hot and crisp, but tender enough to cut with a fork. There could have been just a little more gravy. Wendy's fettuchini Alfredo was not as numbingly rich as other places tend to serve. That's actually why I seldom order it--a few forks and I'm thinking of how many miles I've got to run to keep it off my waist. This Alfredo was a bit lighter than usual, which is why I liked it. Wendy, maybe, was looking for something heavier. And she thought it was a little salty. I didn't. There was plenty of food, and were pleased to take some of our dinner home. We shared a slice of coconut cream pie for dessert. Legends does not have a liquor license, so it's BYOB. I don't drink, but I noticed lots of people with their own bottles, and the place was busy enough, so obviously that's not a deterrence. And neither are the prices. There are only one or two entrees over $20, and my veal at $17 was actually one of the pricier items. For less than $35 for two and an excellent meal? We'll definitely go there again. Maybe tomorrow.
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