A large majority of NYC restaurants are Italian, so it comes as no surprise that a cacio e pepe is a favorite amongst New Yorkers. As chefs continue to push their creative boundaries, we’ve seen several new renditions of this popular dish. Here are some of our favorite cacio e pepes, both traditional and non-traditional, in NYC:
If you’ve ever tried to go out for a birthday dinner or for a girls’ night out, you know that the hardest part of planning is getting a res at a fun, affordable restaurant that will fit everyone’s dietary restrictions. We’ve been to enough birthday dinners to know a thing or two, and we’ve made a list of some of our absolute favorites. You can thank us later!
Ah! It’s Monday and you still haven’t made plans for a Valentine’s Day dinner. You immediately go online to look for a reservation and all that’s left are stuffy tasting menus and places too casual for a day this special. We did some research and found that these five gems still have some tables for two available, and don’t worry, with these places your date will never know the res was last minute.
Restaurant Week: a bi-yearly event where New Yorkers can experience a discounted, prix-fixe offering for $29 or $42 at nearly 400 restaurants in NYC.
Sounds great, right? Not quite. Without proper research, you may seriously regret the money you just dropped at a mediocre restaurant serving some of their cheapest dishes. To help you get the most bang for your buck, we’ve trolled through the list of participating restaurants and menus and hand-picked some our favorites. Happy Eating!
As a Foodie in Residence, I have the opportunity to get behind the scenes at one of Caviar’s partnering restaurants and learn about how some of their dishes are prepared. Most of you probably know that Italian is one of my favorite cuisines, and since I’m a huge fan Chef Michael White, Osteria Morini seemed like the perfect fit for this excursion.
During my visit at Osteria Morini, I spent time with Executive Sous Chef Heather Pelletier, who gave me a tour of the line (where all the food is prepped for service), the prep kitchen, and the pasta making room. She also walked me through the process of preparing two of the restaurant’s most popular dishes: the Cappelleti and the Torcia. Most importantly, I was able to ask Heather tons of questions ranging from her past experience at the first Momofuku Milk Bar to rules of Italian cooking.
One of the most exciting parts of my tour was visiting the pasta room, a cozy corner of the prep kitchen where all pasta is made and stored. All of Osteria Morini’s pastas are made in house, pre-portioned and kept in a freezer before going up to the line. Heather explained that all of Osteria Morini’s pasta making machines are bought in from Italy, and are quite hard to find there as well.
Any food Instagram-er knows that there are certain foods that are guaranteed to perform well on Instagram. Want 100+ likes? Post a photo of a Fruity Pebbles ice cream cone from Emack & Bolio’s, Avocado Toast from Cafe Gitane or some Tuna Tarts from Bond St if you’re really trying to get fancy.
To put it in a nutshell, the way we think about food and the way we interact in the digital sphere has transformed tremendously- largely due to Instagram. In an attempt to stray from the obvious, I’ve compiled a list of iconic dishes, all of which encompass a very important food group: pasta. After all, did you really eat that Spicy Rigatoni Vodka if you didn’t post a photo of it?
Go HERE for the top 10 most memorable and delicious pasta dishes in New York City: