12 Epic New York City Pastas to Eat Before You Die


The Linguine with Clams at Esca

402 W 43RD STNEW YORK, NY 10036(212) 564-7272

Esca‘s linguine with clams might very well be New York’s best pasta dish — it’s simple, but profoundly delicious. Dave Pasternack steams mahogany clams in a stock made …


The Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil at Scarpetta

355 W 14TH STNEW YORK, NY 10014(212) 691-0555

If you look around the dining room at Scarpetta, you’ll see the spaghetti with tomato sauce on just about every table. Unlike a lot of tomato-based sauces, where the …


The Raviolo at Ciano

45 E 22ND STNEW YORK, NY 10010(212) 982-8422

Shea Gallante is doing some amazing work with pastas at his year-old restaurant near the Flatiron. All the noodles are made in-house, and the selection changes …


Whatever Ragu They’re Serving at Hearth

403 E 12TH STNEW YORK, NY 10009(646) 602-1300

Marco Canora has a knack for cooking hearty meat-based sauces, and there’s usually always one on the menu at his ten-year-old East Village gem. If you’re lucky you might …


The Lasagna at Porsena

21 E 7TH STNEW YORK, NY 10003(212) 228-4923

Porsena is one of the great new pasta restaurants in New York, and man oh man, they make a mean lasagna. Chef Sara Jenkins’s version of this dish is different than most …


The Cacio e Pepe at I Sodi

105 CHRISTOPHER STNEW YORK, NY 10014(212) 414-5774

Rita Sodi and her team understand that you can build a great Italian dish from just a few very good ingredients. That’s why the cacio e pepe is a great thing to order at …


The Fusilli with Octopus and Bone Marrow at Marea

240 CENTRAL PARK SNEW YORK, NY 10019(212) 582-5100

Michael White keeps cranking out awesome new pasta dishes, but this will always be his most famous and beloved creation. There’s some nice textural interplay here …


The Fettuccine al’Antonio Sapori D’Ischia

55-15 37TH AVEQUEENS, NY 11377(718) 446-1500

This Italian goods store/restaurantserves several excellent pasta dishes, but their fettuccine al’Antonio is a straight-up classic. Fresh fettuccine is mixed tableside …


The Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi at The Spotted Pig

314 W 11TH STNEW YORK, NY 10014(212) 620-0393

The Spotted Pig‘s signature pasta is one of New York’s most famous modern dishes. Each piece of April Bloomfield’s dumpling-like pasta is made with almost equal parts …


The Tortellini del Dito Mignolo at Gradisca

126 W 13TH STNEW YORK, NY 10011(212) 691-4886

Every few weeks, the owner of this sexy West Village restaurant flies in his 65-year-old mother, who lives in Bologna, to make pasta for the house. When she leaves, he …


The Orecchiette at L’Artusi

228 W 10TH STNEW YORK, NY 10014(212) 255-5757

This rustic, meaty dish at Gabe Thompson and Joey Campanale’sstylish West Village restaurant is a great thing to eat in the wintertime. Thick little domes of pasta are …


The Spaghetti Alla Carbonara at Lupa Osteria Romana

175 THOMPSON STNEW YORK, NY 10012(212) 982-5089

There are only few steps involved in cooking this dish, but a lot of restaurants get it all wrong — too often, you find pieces of scrambled eggs mixed in the pasta, …


Haven’s Kitchen : West 17th between 6th and 7th ave

My wife and I were lucky to  attend the soft opening of this cool new spot in Chelsea the other night, called Haven’s Kitchen. It’s a really exciting place if you appreciate food, especially farm to table type experiences.

You can go there to shop , learn , eat & drink. We look forward in partaking in all Haven’s Kitchen has to offer and so should you if you are in the area and up for something new and exciting.  They have a really great website below for you to see all they have to offer.



Gabe Stulman to Add Scopa to his ‘Little Wisco’ Empire

[Image via Event Seekr and Krieger]

Little Wisco cannot and will not be stopped. Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman, owner of West Village restaurant trifecta Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey’s Grocery, and Fedora, will take his growing empire (known as Little Wisco due to Stulman’s predilection for hiring Midwesterners) ever eastward with the opening of Scopanext spring. He signed the lease on the old Bellavitae space at 24 Minetta Lane this week, and at last night’s Community Board 2 SLA Licensing Committee meeting, he and his team won approval to seek a license there.

Torrisi Italian Speciailties: I have not been there since it reopened , and just checked out its website to find this cool video , that got me even more jacked up to go .


Bigoli: New Italian spot in the west village (west 13th between 7th and 8th), opened by a top chef contestant. Food is getting great reviews, but the pics of the interior look a little wierd.

Tertulia: I enjoyed an awesome lunch there a few weeks ago and was shocked to see how big of a space it is .I want to grab a dinner in the back room very soon post christmas. Incredible Spanish cuisine and cool scene.







Anthony Bourdain’s new show on the travel channel called the Layover, featured 24 hours in NYC last week. I’m a huge fan of his highly acclaimed No Reservations, and this new show I think has the potential to be better. While its hard to do NYC in 24 hours, his attempt to get the viewer a “non-tourist” look at the food scene is pretty cool . 2 of the spots he choses are already closed down though, and I dont think he needed to go to Queens . Check out some of the clips below from the show. Growing up I always dreamed of being on Sportscenter, but now when I grow up , I want to have Tony’s job.


My New York: Dale DeGroff – NYPOST.com.

Great article in the  Post this morning where they interviewed one of the best bartenders new york has ever seen. He writes about his favorite watering holes. The best part in my opinion is when he talks about Pj Clarkes and its legendary bartender Doug Quinn. When I moved in to NYC in 2003 I lived a few blocks from the original PJ Clarkes and would most likely find Doug at some point during the night 5 nights a week . The guy is hands down the best bartender in NYC, you’ll go one time and he’ll remember your name and the drink you order the rest of your life.

The legendary soccer pub in the east village closes, but opening in a new spot a block away . PHEW!!!


Nevada Smith’s Closing Tonight, Will Relocate Soon

2009_11_nevadasmiths12.jpgEV Grieve relays the news that beloved East Village soccer barNevada Smith’s will close after service tonight. This is not the end of the sports pub, though — they’re going to reopen in a new space just a block away at 100 Third Avenue. Amessage on the bar’s website notes that their current home is being demolished soon to make way for a block of luxury apartments.

If you want to pay your final respects to the original location, Nevada Smith’s is hosting a farewell party tonight starting at 7 PM with a DJ and giveaways. The new venue should open sometime early next year.