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How often does their menu change? Do they put the current menu their website?

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  1. The food is special but unfortunately their website is one of the worst around. They haven't updated it since it has been posted. When I went there were many dishes that were not listed on the menu. There will always be standby options though like the following:

    polenta, fritto misto, short ribs

    spaghetti with tomato, duck ravioli, black spaghetti with mixed seafood

    black cod, capretto

    chocolate amadei cake

    1. From my observations, the appetizers and entrees change with the seasons, the pastas not so much.

      The menupages.com menu for Scarpetta is still showing the winter menu, and it's probably at least a month old.

      Scarpetta actually updates their Facebook account more than their web site.

      Last Friday, they posted this:

      Spring is here! Come try our new Spring additions. TAGLIATELLE-spring vegetables, guanciale & truffle zabaglione, ROASTED CHICKEN-peas, fegato sauce, currants & parmigiano froth, HAMPSHIRE PORK CHOP-braised radicchio, long beans & gnocchi alla romana, FENNEL-CRUSTED COLORADO LAMB LOIN-spring vegetable fricassee, white beans & pecorino, LARDO-WRAPPED HALIBUT-morels, asparagus & smoked potatoes

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      Scarpetta
      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: kathryn

        Yeah when I went a few weeks ago all of those dishes were on the menu.

        Thanks for the heads up kathryn.... will check their facebook page for more updates. Still don't understand why they do not take the time to update their website.

        1. re: steakrules85

          Nice of them to discriminate against those of us who are not on Facebook!

          At this point, I don't even bother looking at their website. Not only do they not update the menu, but that sliding, rolling, however you want to describe the concept is very user UNfriendly! Who thought up that ridiculous design?! Just put the damn menu up on a page so I can read it the normal way -- top to bottom!

          1. re: steakrules85

            So many restaurants don't and it drives me insane, but when I go to Scarpetta I invariably order the "standards" you listed, so it doesn't make me as annoyed as, say, Degustation's useless web site which lacks even a phone number, hours, and address.

            http://degustationnyc.com/

            But rather than complain on CH, perhaps we should take it up with the management, right? :

            )

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            Scarpetta
            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: steakrules85

              Hi Steakrules and anyone else who visited the restaurant since the new menu additions - I'm having dinner there for the first time this weekend, we're going to be four eaters with medium-size appetites. We're planning on getting the Fritto Misto, Polenta, Short Ribs, Tuna Susci, Ravioli, and Spaghetti Tomato Basil. But I'm lost as to whether we need any additional pasta courses and entrees, and if so, what do you recommend from the standards or new items? If I should eliminate any of the aformentioned dishes, please let me know. Thanks!

              1. re: nycguy

                A lot of those items are pretty heavy on fat and carbs (not necessarily a bad thing) although the tuna susci isn't. Oh, and save room for their marvelous bread basket.

                I think that's a good amount of food, especially if you want to have some room to try bread and/or dessert.

                1. re: nycguy

                  How many people are you going with? I agree with Kathryn that you have some heavy dishes on there. I assume you are going with 2? When I went I had half portion of the spaghetti, the black cod and a side of the polenta and I left satisfied. I probably could have had some dessert, but skipped it since I was meeting friends for gelato. Oh yes and do save room for the bread basket- especially the stromboli. The accompaniments are fantastic- mascarpone butter and eggplant caponata were amazingly cracktastic addiction.

                  As far as dishes that are "musts" I definitely say the polenta and black cod. Do NOT miss either of these. The spaghetti was good but.. just good, well done, but nothing other-wordly that would warrant me ordering it again. Still, if you feel you MUST experience it go ahead and try it. Next time I go, I will save my stomach space to order either the short ribs appetizer or another pasta (duck ravioli).

                  1. re: nycguy

                    You and your party might want to order the tasting menu. When I went in February, the tasting menu had several of the items you mentioned, including the fritto misto, polenta, tuna scusci, short rib agnolotti, and the spaghetti w/tomato and basil.

                    I was there again last week, mainly because I have been dreaming about the spaghetti w/tomato and basil. It was just my friend and me, and we each ordered the spaghetti, the polenta app (for me), and split the short rib agnolotti.

                    We also shared the olive oil cake for dessert. My friend could not take more than two bites b/c he was stuffed, and I was pretty full afterward as well.

                    Granted, our meal was carb heavy, but I don' t think fish is a strong point at Scarpetta and much prefer its apps and pasta.

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                    Scarpetta
                    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                    1. re: gloriousfood

                      How large were the portions for the tasting menu. The waiter made it sound great but it sounded like lots of food. Good buy though for like 80 bucks?

                      1. re: steakrules85

                        It was just the two of us, and we left pleasantly full, not uncomfortably stuffed. So I'd say the portion was just right. The apps were on the smaller size, but there was enough of it that it didn't matter. Once you add in the bread and the pasta, it all makes for a pretty substantial meal.

                        I think the tasting menu is worth it. It's like "the best of" Scarpetta and gives you a sense of the restaurant's offerings and its strong and weak points (e.g., would not order the branzino again).

                        1. re: gloriousfood

                          Thank you for the prompt replies. It will be four of us total. I am definitely planning on enjoying the bread basket as well. I think we will stear away from the tasting menu and just order a la carte as I don't think we will end up ordering $300+ dollars worth of food, assuming the tasting menu is $80 per person. I really appreciate the advice, and yes, the dishes we're ordering are on the heavier side, but that's ok. I don't want to miss out on anything when it's a special occasion type of meal.

                          So we should get the cod? Is it a decent portion to share?

                          1. re: nycguy

                            The polenta with mushrooms is *extremely* rich and *very* filling. The portion is also quite generous. Even sharing one portion, we ended up doggie bagging most of our pasta (one portion also split -- not the tomato/basil, which we'd had previously) in order to have room for our main courses.

                            I've had the Black Cod and thought it was spectacular. It is definitely large enough for two people to share.

                            Scarpetta photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                            and here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7031...

                            1. re: RGR

                              If only you could order a 2nd stomach at Scarpetta.

                              Last time I was at Scarpetta, the waiter didn't even mention the tasting menu and I didn't see it printed in the menu itself. Looks like you have to ask for it?

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                              Scarpetta
                              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                              1. re: kathryn

                                When I went there about a month ago, the tasting was listed as an option on the menu, but not the specific dishes. They served two raw fish courses, short ribs with polenta fricasee, spaghetti with tomato/basil, ravioli with duck and foie gras, roasted baby goat (capretto), and a pear ginger tart.

                                Everything was delicious, and I could not stop eating that bread. I was almost comatose from the amount of food.

                              2. re: RGR

                                I didn't find polenta w/ mushrooms to be that big of a portion, but I might just be a big eater!

                                Must have the cod next time. If anybody has had the cabretto, please let me know what you thought of it!

                                1. re: uwsister

                                  I'm also interested in trying the capretto. When I was there someone at another table got it and I caught a glimpse from afar. Looked like a pretty large portion from my viewpoint. Can't offer much else. As for taste, it seems like most people either really like it or don't care for it from the reviews I have read.

                                  1. re: steakrules85

                                    I didn't think the capretto was gamey at all. The texture was like roasted chicken thighs, and accompanied by these little crisped cubed potatoes. I really enjoyed the dish

                                    1. re: fm1963

                                      I thought it was prepared two ways. One is braised and is diced into chunks. And the other was on the bone. Is this incorrect? See photos below:

                                      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/images...

                                      http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2...

                                      1. re: steakrules85

                                        The version I had was braised & diced into chunks (so there was no dryness problem) - this was part of the tasting menu,

                                        They did not include the version on the bone, though they probably would if ordered a la carte.

                                        1. re: fm1963

                                          That is my thinking as well regarding the bone-in portion of the dish. Can someone who has had it off the a la carte chime in?

                                          1. re: steakrules85

                                            When we had it at L'Impero, there was no chop -- just the pulled meat. If those photos are recent, then Conant has changed it to being served two ways.

                                            1. re: RGR

                                              That was how I had it at Scarpetta too. Maybe he has changed it now and includes the chop. In any case, I was disappointed. Some of it was dry, oversalted, and it actually tasted more like a pork shoulder than goat. I am a big fan of goat, even cook it myself, and what I really miss is the one I had at Aldea which is no longer on the menu. It was superb and far, far better than the one at Scarpetta.

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                                              Scarpetta
                                              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                              Aldea
                                              31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

                                              1. re: rrems

                                                I agree that the goat at Aldea was far superior to the one we had at L'Impero.

                                                Photo of Baby Goat at Aldea: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                1. re: rrems

                                                  Seconded. I only had a little bit of my husband's goat at Scarpetta and that was enough for me, but we were nearly fighting over the goat at Aldea!

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                                                  Scarpetta
                                                  355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                                  Aldea
                                                  31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

                                                  1. re: kathryn

                                                    The goat isn't on the menu at Aldea anymore, right? I don't remember seeing it from our recent visit. Sadface!

                                                    1. re: uwsister

                                                      No goat on the current menu. When we had our second dinner there in September, it was gone. We'll be going to Aldea next week. I'll ask Chef Mendes if he has any plans to bring it back.

                                    2. re: uwsister

                                      We had the capretto when Conant was at L'Impero. Disappointing. It was way too dry.

                                  2. re: nycguy

                                    Yes, by all means get the cod. And with the other dishes you plan on ordering, there should be enough to share.

                                    1. re: nycguy

                                      I think with four appetizers and 2 pastas you will still need two entrees and if you are not stuffed you can share a dessert. I would get the cod. It really is a wonderful dish. I have not been there recently enough to have tried the lamb, but that would be my choice for a second entree.

                                      1. re: rrems

                                        Thank you for the recommendations. We ended up ordering the Tuna Susci, Polenta, and Short Ribs to Start. And then for our entrees, we split the Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil, Duck and Foie Gras Ravioli, and the Black Cod. Everything was really great. And that foccacio with prosciutto and mozzarella in the bread basket was outstanding. Thank you again, I really appreciate the advice and it made for a memorable meal.

                                        1. re: nycguy

                                          Glad you had a great meal! That bread basket is something else, right?

                                          The proscuitto & mozzarella bread is called "stromboli" and is available for $5 at Faustina, the chef's other restaurant.

                                          1. re: kathryn

                                            Scarpetta's stromboli truly is outrageous. It is right on par with my mother's.

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                                            Scarpetta
                                            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                            1. re: kathryn

                                              Just thought I'd chime in and say, while we've loved every meal we had at Scarpetta, we had an absolutely horrid experience at Faustina last week ... and upon mentioning it to the management, were completely blown off.

                                              Suffice to say we will NEVER return.

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                                              Scarpetta
                                              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                            2. re: nycguy

                                              Thanks for reporting back and glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

                              3. re: kathryn

                                I can't seem to find their Facebook page (won't come up in Google or Facebook search.) Is there a URL?

                                  1. re: kathryn

                                    I wish it was a fan page, not a friend page. Thanks for the link and info though.

                              4. I have inquired about the menu there and how often it changes. They say its seasonal/market driven, but i wouldn't agree. They do change some things but whenever I go the menu always looks the same for the most part.

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                                1. re: mjm1218

                                  Agreed. I like the food but find that every time I go the menu is pretty much the same. I do wish they would change it more often.

                                  1. re: rrems

                                    honestly how many menus are truly changing really often. For example EMP is season-driven, but it changes what...5-6 times a year?

                                    Blue Hill doesn't even change as much as you'd think. They often have similar dishes but change the vegetables they use...(Although blue hill is far better at menu changing than most)

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                                    Blue Hill
                                    75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

                                    1. re: wreckers00

                                      I'd say many places tend to change at least some of their menu as the seasons change. Total revamp? Of course not, since most places have their signatures that they will never take off.

                                      1. re: wreckers00

                                        Per Se changes their menus (both the chef's and vegetable tastings) *daily*, which is a fearsome and frightening task. I'm sure there's an enormous repository of dishes the cooks can pull from as well as some general dish rotation they follow, but still, that's pretty insane. The "Oysters and Pearls" remains a nigh-permanent fixture though.

                                        Le Bernardin's dishes generally have a 1 year life cycle before they're permanently removed from the menu, regardless of how good or popular they were, in the effort to avoid the crutch of relying of signature dishes or older culinary ideas and flavor profiles. Part of Eric Ripert's cooking philosophy, and a very admirable one in my view. Le Bernardin is pretty much the only restaurant in NYC that can pull this off reliably in my experience.

                                        On-topic: Scarpetta doesn't seem to change their menu often at all, but I'm fine with that. I think that their signature dishes are generally a level above the other items on the menu.

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                                        Per Se
                                        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                                        Le Bernardin
                                        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                                        Scarpetta
                                        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                        1. re: hcbk0702

                                          Definitely agree with the Le Benardin. It's so great and classic that it doesn't need to change the menu that often. And the menu is rather extensive.

                                          Scarpetta's duck and foie ravioli with marsala reduction is delicious. I always order it when I go.

                                          Per Se does change most of their menu daily, although they usually leave a few dishes on from the day before. Usually atleast one. Also it seems as if the desserts aren't changed daily. But really who cares? It's so ambitious to even change a menu weekly.

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                                          Per Se
                                          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                                          Scarpetta
                                          355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                          1. re: mjm1218

                                            Every time I go to Scarpetta (and L'impero and Alto before there was a Scarpetta) i get the polenta and the spaghetti and call it a day, so dont care if they ever change their menu. In fact, I hope they dont because as many times as Ive tried to replicate the tomato sauce at home - I cant and I'm glad I can always get it at Scarpetta!

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                                            Scarpetta
                                            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                  2. Scarpetta is doing their anniversary dinner again 5/9 to 5/13. $50 for primi, paste and secondi with dessert and free wine pairing!! All signature dishes are on there :)

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                                    Scarpetta
                                    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                                    1. re: kelea

                                      Do you happen to have that menu? I went for the first anniversary and am not sure if I want to go back for all the same things.

                                      1. re: serasyl

                                        primi - short ribs or polenta or mozerella
                                        pasta - spaghetti or anoglotti
                                        secondi - cod or capretto or chicken

                                        yeah i missed last year's so i'm definitely doing it this year. plus i only get the polenta and the spaghetti when i'm there. i can't get enough of it

                                      2. re: kelea

                                        Wow, that's a great deal. Wonder if I can convince my husband to go again? Thanks for posting!

                                        1. re: uwsister

                                          Anyone have the Anniversary meal yet? I'm going tonight and am muy excited! Want to know what choices there are (And which to get) and how the wine pairings went.

                                          1. re: howo5

                                            Here's the menu:
                                            http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs600.s...

                                            They posted it online to their Facebook account, hopefully you can see it.

                                            1. re: howo5

                                              I went on sunday! and it was delicious as expected....the appetizer portions are full portions! the pasta and secondi were like 1/2-2/3 the full size. they gave up 3 different desserts. everything was absolutely delicious! we had 2 pours...1 white 1 red. they were both really great - the red was similar to a syrah. ENJOY!!!!!

                                              1. re: kelea

                                                Kelea- that sounds great! I'm going tomorrow for the anniversary menu. Out of curiousity (and anticipation), what were the desserts? Also, which entree choice of the three did you go with? This is my first time there so really looking forward to it.

                                                1. re: razorramon

                                                  they gave us the banana bundino, the white chocolate custard and a plum torte of sorts. the desserts were kitchen's choice but they were all delicious.

                                                  i went with the capretto as did my friend, our third had the cod. all were delicious. but by and large, the polenta and spagetti were and always will be my favorites.

                                                  1. re: razorramon

                                                    Went for anniversary menu dinner tonight. We could choose from any desserts on the menu. We also had three glasses of wine each (2 whites and 1 red, one each for primi, pasta, and entree) so it seems that they may have changed the format of the anniversary menu a bit.

                                                    1. re: uwsister

                                                      Question - do they have a bar where a solo diner can have a meal?

                                                        1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                                                          Yes -- the front area consists of a bar as well as some tables that are first come first served, whereas the main dining area is for those with reservations.

                                                          Many people use the bar just for drinks or to wait for their table, so the area does get crowded on weekend nights, but if you find a seat at the bar, you can eat a full dinner there. And they'll even bring their famous bread basket to you.

                                                          1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                                                            yes, it's a particularly great place for solo bar dining

                                              2. Anyone heard anything about Scarpetta doing an anniversary meal again this year? I've gone two years in a row and was hoping for a third but it doesn't look good as far as I can tell....

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                                                Scarpetta
                                                355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                                                1. re: lnedrive14

                                                  Their Facebook page says they're planning something, but doesn't give any details. I have reservations at Scarpetta on May 9th - I hope it's happening then!

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                                                  Scarpetta
                                                  355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                                  1. re: hazel1

                                                    Yes, it's in the works. From Scarpetta's Facebook page:

                                                    "Can you believe our THIRD anniversary is coming up next month?! We will be celebrating with a special menu similar to last year's, stay tuned as we finalize it in the next week."

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                                                    Scarpetta
                                                    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014