Sunday Dinner with My Meatless Niece.....help!
Talking my niece and her fiance out for dinner, they live in Queens, me in CT and we are meeting somewhere downtown for a place where she can have a meatless entree (pasta?) .
I have ruled out Barbuto due to the fact that I have a business dinner there on Monday night.
I am looking for something at the Barbuto price point with a decent wine selection......any hel is appreciated.
I'd recommend Crispo, but it can be really loud. A Sunday night might not be as bad as a Friday or Saturday night, though. If you decide to go there, here are some vegetarian items I particularly recommend:
Caramelized Cauliflower, Currants & Pine Nuts
Black Truffle Ricotta Ravioli “Al Tartufo”, Parmigiano
Pappardelle, Mushrooms, Sage, Tomato & Parmigiano
Butternut Tortelloni, Sage, Brown Butter, Pumpkin Seeds, Parmigiano (a real knockout!)
Several of the "regular specials" not on their online menu are also excellent, and all of the contorni are fine, too.
By far the best dessert is:
Tasting of Crème Brûlée & Chocolate Pot de Crème
The panna cotta, the chocolate tart, and the berries with mascarpone are also worthwhile.
They have a good wine list and some good grappas.