Created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick this restaurant featured in the Time Out best new restaurants in New York City of 2014 list, so I was excited to give it a try.
No problem being a solo diner here. I booked for lunch and unfortunately my husband had a lunch meeting (again). I got a nice table in the middle of a row at the wall with a view of the restaurant. It wasn't full - which I was quite surprised about, but I guess its such a big city destinations for lunch can often take 30 mins just to get to.
I was given some yummy garlic bread and warm mozzarella as a complimentary appetiser. It was excellent Just the right combination of flavours, and not too much that it would spoil my appetite for the starter ordered.
My first course - Minestrone soup - was a deceptive description. It was nothing like minestrone, except the presence of pasta and some beans.. it was very minty with a definite green tinge..bean and mint would be a much more accurate description. It was however very fresh tasting and light. I'd order it again in a heartbeat. Sadly though, no soup spoon - which is one of my pet irritants in restaurants in the USA.
My next course - vongole was amazing. Lots of flavour fresh herbs and just the right amount of garlic. It had a fabulous spicy kick too. If I lived here I'd eat this weekly !!
I saw desserts being delivered to other tables and they looked delicious, but I had eaten too much to order one !
Service was excellent attentive without being overbearing. I'd highly recommend Carbone to anyone.
It's not cheap and almost impossible to get a table In the evening but book in advance or go for lunch !
181 Thompson Street, between Bleecker & Houston New York, NY 10012 Tel 212 933 0707
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