NYC Restaurant Round-Up

We checked out a wide range of restaurants on our recent planning trip in New York City. Here is a list, along with a short critique, in case you're going that way anytime soon. Enjoy!

  • Locanda Verde (377 Greenwich, Tribeca). Hip trattoria featuring the urban Italian food of Andrew Carmellini. Soulful food in a jam-packed high energy environment, with a wonderful esoteric Italian wine list.
  • Anthos (36 W. 52nd Street). Modern Greek food from Michael Psilakis. The dining room is small but elegant, with food that is vaguely Greek with a modern American sense and an international wine list.
  • Marea (240 Central Park South). Elegant, stylish dining room. Very upscale Italian seafood, wonderfully executed. Interesting wine service with very attentive and well-informed sommeliers.
  • Maialino (2 Lexington Avenue, Gramercy Park Hotel). Danny Meyer’s roman trattoria. Small (70 seats) neighborhood restaurant with checkered tablecloths and casual service. The food is authentic and very good.
  • Corton (239 W. Broadway, Tribeca). Impeccable French restaurant, opened by Drew Nieporent in the old Montrachet space. Spare, understated décor but very warm and elegant. We all had the eight course menu which was intelligent and creative (Trey said it was reminiscent of Pierre Gagnaire in Paris).
  • Café Boulud (20 E. 76th Street). San Diego chef Gavin Kaysen formerly of the Rancho Bernardo Inn presides over this Upper East Side landmark. Outstanding food, service, wine, etc., but it's very old world and upper crust feeling.
  • Scarpetta (355 W 14th Street). Scott Conant, formerly of L’Impero, has been awarded three stars by the New York Times for his Italian restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Lively dining scene, but the service was a bit curt.