A Girl's Gotta Eat: NYC Hot Spots

By Carol Divincenzo

Looking for a great place to eat this weekend? Here are our current issue’s featured NYC spots:

ReSette
Midtown West
7 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036
212-221-7530 • Resette.com
Cuisine: Southern Italian

Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$$
Serving: Dinner & Lunch
Happy Hour: Yes
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Ambiance: Romantic

ReSette’s homemade pastas and classic southern style entrees have those that frequent ReSette singing its praises. Italian romanticized rustic décor and soft lighting sets the mood for patrons dining, while the cocktail menu keeps the happy hour crowd swooning at the bar into the evening.
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Entrees:

CARPACCIO DEL PRINCIPI: Thinly sliced filet mignon served with arugula, artichokes, sliced parmigiano reggiano
RAVIOLI CON MELA: Homemade apple, pear & ricotta cheese ravioli, san daniele prosciutto roasted pistaccio, gorgonzola cream sauce

Cocktails:
PUNZONÉ SANGRIA: Punzoné organic Italian vodka infused with red sangria, blood orange essence

Vella
Restaurant & Wine Bar
Upper East Side
1480 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10075
212-335-0456 • VellaNYC.com
Cuisine: French and Italian
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Serving: Brunch and dinner
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Ambiance: Trendy

Vella features French and Italian cuisines, along with an extensive wine collection and craft cocktail list. The exposed industrial kitchen, high-top tables and floor-to-ceiling wrap-around windows complement the contemporary-meets-rustic décor. The California Pinot Noir by Acacia Carneros with the truffle mac and cheese during the winter months is recommended and sure to be a crowd favorite.
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Entrees:

TUNA TARTARE: Cucumber, chives, apple, mustard
LAMB CHOPS: Minted cucumber salad, pickled red onion, yogurt, espelette, mixed baby potato

Cocktail:
Kissyomama: Don Julio Reposado, Domaine de Canton. Mango Puree, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple syrup, El Yucateco green hot sauce and 4 Thai basil leaves

Ballaro
Vino & Sveltine
East Village
77 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
212-228-2969 • BallaroNYC.com
Cuisine: Italian
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Serving: Dinner & Lunch
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Alcohol: Beer & Wine Only*
Ambiance: Casual, Intimate

Ballaro is an experience (or memory, if you’re lucky) of a place in southern Italy that you happened to stumble upon by chance. The décor emulates a rustic Italian village café with amber lights reflecting off wines bottles and candle lit tables. Although not extensive, the small plates and wine list boasts a taste of that obscure hidden gem you found while traveling through Italy.

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Entrees:

DATTIERI & TALEGGIO: Dates stuffed with Taleggio cheese and wrapped in bacon
GNOCCHI VERDI: Homemade gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and truffle oil

* A list of regional Italian wines

 

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