A Bite of New York History

| September 22, 2013

pescatore nycThere aren’t many restaurants that stand the test of time like Midtown East’s Pescatore. This traditional Italian eatery has been happily filling the plates of no less than three generations of New Yorkers. With a cozy and welcoming ambiance and a very inviting and bustling al fresco dining scene, this is a neighborhood favorite for many.

pasta pescatoreBoasting a wide array of fresh pasta dishes and inspired seafood selections, we happily started off with the Fresh Ricotta Cheese (chives, peas, hazelnuts, clover honey, mint & crostini). This was a zesty delight and was texturally perfect alongside the special Arugula Salad and a crisp glass of Sancerre. There is something about this environment that simply inspires relaxation and doing just that with a plate of Fettuccini D’aragosta (lobster, leeks and tomatoes in a lobster grappa cream) is highly recommended. Want to go a bit lighter? You’d be making a sound choice with the Branzino Alla Plancha (with summer squash, oven roasted tomatoes, green onions and basil served with lemon butter).

The menu is dotted with compelling items like the Caramelized Cauliflower (with currants & almonds), the Fennel Dusted Salmon Alla Plancha (with market vegetables fregola and lemon ocean butter) and the Arthur Avenue Pizzetta (sausage, broccoli rabe pesto, cherry peppers, smoked mozzarella and tomatoes).

With a solid culinary offering, over 20 wines by the glass and a welcoming environment, this was just as I remembered on my last visit—20 years ago—Mediterranean comfort.