One of the best restaurants in NYC launched a new five-course tasting menu tonight. I don't know why I said "launched," past tense, simply because it's 10:30 pm; this place is so busy that you're LUCKY if you get a res at 10:30. On a Wednesday.
Either way, there are some happy (and tired) people in there right now enjoying Scarpetta's new tasting menu. For $80 per person ($40 additional for wine pairings), you get both crudo and fritto misto to start, then choose from three hot appetizers, three pastas, two main courses, and three desserts. Ok, so it's not exactly restaurant week in terms of price, but I'm sure it's delicious. I love my wine, but I'd nix that (or maybe just order one glass, you alcoholic) and spend $80 to get a delectable five-course meal. Hell, I've spent more than that for just three courses of mediocre food. And if you haven't been to Scarpetta yet, why not go now when you can try as much food as possible? We have to start storing up for winter anyway..
Click here for their regular menu. I believe the tasting menu offers a lot of the same dishes too. For example, tonight they offer Tuna 'Susci' with marinated vegetables and preserved truffles, and Agnolotti Dal Plin pasta filled with mixed meat and fonduta, mushrooms & parmigiano – both from the regular menu.
355 West 14th St New York, NY 10014