Romantic Italy: Puglia

Masseria Le Fabricche

Do we know anything sexier than burrata? That misshapen, white shell of buffalo milk mozzarella that cradles and embraces the soft insides of curd and fresh cream is some inspired combination of artistry and sun-baked, Southern Italian food tradition. A serated knife slides in, and scraps of mozzarella and panna (buttery cream) escape-  a fig, […]

Lafayette

New York can smell a wannabe a mile away. So when chef/restaurateur Andrew Carmellini set out to take over a huge piece of real estate on Lafayette in NoHo to create a modern yet sumptuous “grand café,” no one knew that his big gamble would take over the dining scene and become the “new Balthazar.” […]

Marea

Chef Michael White is a genius in many ways. When he’s not stirring up the boho foodie masses with uni and lardo (the biggest ingredient combo craze since yuzu and basil), he’s taking over the city one fresh pasta dish at a time. And we’re happy. We’re starry-eyed. We’re in love with the man who […]

Desnuda

Walk east of Broadway and step into a different city. She’s younger, not so shiny, modest. Accordingly step into Desnuda, a stretch of fifteen bar stools that promises very little and then feeds you very, very well. The wine bar & cevicheria has no formal kitchen but a an expanse of counter space that turns […]

Locanda Verde

Another Andrew Carmellini locale made our list. (And we promise it’s not because Jamie and Andrew worked together at Restaurant Daniel.) Locanda Verde fills the void of a restaurant that’s both welcoming and casual enough for after-work cocktails with friends and special enough for an “occasion” meal, like a birthday or long-awaited Date Night. Housed […]