Very rarely am I swept away by a restaurant — Scarpetta, however, swept me away. I have wanted to try Scott Conant’s restaurant since it opened a few years ago in the city. I love when a restaurant conjures up a lot of buzz — it makes me wonder whether or not it will live up to its hype. Most of the time the restaurant does not — but Scarpetta most certainly did.
For an appetizer, I had the Asparagus and Mussel soup — it was prepared flawlessly. It was a frothy green base (consisting of pureed asparagus) with a bit of truffle oil, pieces of asparagus and mussels. Deliciously smooth and appetizing.
For my main course I had the Black Cod with Caramelized Fennel and Concentrated Tomatoes. When I say I left absolutely nothing on my plate, I am not exaggerating. The dish was flawless — it was the perfect size fish, delicious balance of sweet and acidic. Wonderful dish.
The pricing for the dinner was not as outrageous as I had been expecting either — with cappuccinos and wine included this meal was absolutely worth every dollar. If you’re in the Meatpacking District or even… any where in NYC and want a memorable meal, go to Scarpetta.
Scarpetta NYC, 355 W. 14th Street, New York, NY