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Best dishes at The Modern (dining room) and Scarpetta

My parents are coming in next week for a celebration and we're headed to both restaurants. I've never been to Scarpetta and have only tried the bar room at the Modern which I thoroughly enjoyed. So I'm wondering, what dishes are must tries at both restaurants?

Thanks!

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

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  1. The tatare at the Modern dining room is a total win. Don't bother on the supplement for the appetizer lobster...Not that much lobster, and nothing to write home about.

    As far as main dishes go, I had the lamb, which was pulled and formed into a loaf and then baked with lamb bacon on top. The duck is also excellent, and has a very nice tableside presentation.

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    1. re: doubledoc

      Was the lamb really good - that doesn't sound that appealing and lamb is my favorite meat - of course I also love duck!

      1. re: ztarsh

        YES the lamb was awesome. It is very similar to the way that D. Humm does/did part of the suckling pig at EMP. It is basically pulled meat formed into a mini brick with bacon on top. At service, the captain punches holes in the top of the brick and pours jus into/over it. It was very very good and very "lamby"

    2. I am interested in this thread because I am returning to The Modern in a couple of weeks. I had a fabulous dinner there last year with the squab/foie as the main. If you have not had that, it is very much worth trying.

      1. My favorites at Scarpetta are the polenta with wild mushrooms and the spaghetti with tomato sauce (really!).

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

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        1. re: edwardspk

          Agreed. Plus, the bread basket, alone, makes it worth going to Scarpetta!

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

          1. re: edwardspk

            My favorites at Scarpetta are the polenta with wild mushrooms (the most intensely creamy and decadent polenta I've ever had plus the gorgeous mini pot of rich, meaty mushrooms...) and the squid ink pasta with calamari, sea urchin, and minted breadcrumbs. That pasta is absolutely fantastic and intoxicating. I also love the spaghetti, but the squid ink is my favorite. And of course that stuffed stromboli bread in the basket, yes.... With the mascarpone butter and the caponata!!!

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

            1. re: j.jessica.lee

              I agree and heartily endorse the wild mushroom polenta, spaghetti pomodoro, bread basket (especially the stromboli bread, mascarpone butter, and eggplant caponata that j.jessica.lee mentions), and the tagliolini with mixed seafood. The salads and raw fish dishes I've tried as nice but not as memorable.

              I would also add on the duck and foie gras ravioli and that you should try save room for dessert. It'll be tough, I know.

          2. Modern Dining Room - chorizo crusted codfish, caramel parfait, also the tasting menus for the full effect

            Scarpetta - stromboli (part of the bread basket), duck and foie gras ravioli

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

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            1. re: fm1963

              To the OP - I have to comment that the marsala reduction on the duck and foie gras ravioli was quite sweet and there was (on my plate at least) quite a bit of the sauce which, in my opinion, overpowered the dish. If you like it less sweet, I would suggest you ask them to put less on or ask if they would mind serving it on the side.

            2. what about desserts? We all have major sweet tooths!

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              1. re: ztarsh

                At Scarpetta, I liked the chocolate cake and olive oil cake.

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