Since 1994, Nick and Toni’s Café, which originally found their fame in the ever trendy East Hampton, has been serving up delicious fare to its loyal New York fan base with panache! Hand painted frescoes adorn the walls of this favorite pre-theater dinner spot, as its location is adjacent to Lincoln Center, or a very quick ride to Times Square.
When the Cavolo Crudo (Tuscan kale salad, roasted squash, crispy pancetta, Pecorino Romano) arrived at our table, we were more than pleased—we were excited! Alive with flavor, this is insalate done right. To keep it company we happily devoured the Oven Roasted Wild Mushrooms (Anson Mills creamy polenta , shaved Coach Farms aged goat cheese) which are highly recommended.
Moving on to the Primi section of the menu, we continued to be dazzled by the House-made Pumpkin Ravioli (brown butter, sage, pumpkin seeds), but it certainly did not outshine the Pan Roasted Cod (cranberry bean ragu, wilted baby spinach).
The arrival of the Berkshire Pork Milanes (braised local cavolo nero, tomato-anchovy soffritto) was a fitting finale and underlined the overall feel—elevated Italian comfort food that simply satisfies!
The environment at Nick and Toni’s Café is one that is clearly hosts an eclectic group. Hip, yet unpretentious—a great spot to have drinks with friends, or a grand meal for a special occasion. Nick and Toni are still doing it right!