This is the second installment of food and the city, my review of New York City eateries, the first was about the restaurant of the famed chocolatier Max Brenner and you all really enjoyed it, thanks for the great comments! On January 14th Restaurant Week started in Manhattan and it is is so exciting – before it ends on February 8th I have quite a few reservations and last night’s was absolutely AMAZING! I went with one of my best friends and here is a review of our time:
There were four wonderful choices – we picked different things and I am glad we did. I got the Insalata Di Barbabietole, which was a delicious roasted beets with arugula with walnuts and Gorgonzola dressing. I thought this dish was excellent with perfect seasoning without being overpowering. Mary got the Portobello con Formaggio alla Griglia, which was portobello grilled with sun dried tomato, garlic and cheese which she described as, “rich, savory, and satisfying”. With our salads we also both got bread and a homemade tomato paste.
Again, their were four great options and again, Mary and I picked different things. I got the Salmone con Mostrarda, a salmon sauteed with a mustard sauce. It was cooked medium without me having to ask and the cream sauce was delicious paired with green beans with the perfect crunch. Mary got the Ravioli Vitello Salvia, Ricotta and spinach dumplings with ground veal and sage. The waiter described these dumplings as ravioli in a veal meat sauce instead of in the butte and sage sauce it regularly comes in. Mary described it as, “expected with meat sauce and ricotta, of course, but it’s delicious”.
|Il Biscotto di Gelata alla Nocciola|
Bottom Line: Il Cantinori was delicious and I will be back even without restaurants eek. Most fine establishments accept reservations during Restaurant Week and I highly recommend doing so on-line or on your smartphone with Open Table.com. And when you go, let me know!