Having been a big fan of Scarpetta in NYC, I was dying to get into Impero Caffè and taste away. Chef Scott Conant has got a new spot with a gorgeous, dramatic design, and a staircase where you can make an entrance.
Who To Take: A group to celebrate or a special date
[THIS PLACE HAS CLOSED SINCE THIS POSTED… HEAD TO FUSCO, CHEF CONANT’S LATEST RESTAURANT FOR THE SAME DELICIOUS DISHES, SEE HOBNOB’S REVIEW HERE] My friend Bob and I headed over after watching Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce Theater (which was so entertaining, and put us in such a nice mood), a short walk away. The restaurant’s space was breathtakingly cool: three-story ceilings, muted tones, a slight shimmer, comfy banquette, lovely tableware.
Our mood improved further upon delivery of the food. Salad and Olive Oil Poached Octopus started the feast, but when the pastas arrived all we could utter was mmmmm, and all conversation ceased.
Chef Scott Conant certainly has a way with the pasta itself, topped with sauces extraordinaire. Bob had the Cavatelli with braised duck and black truffle sugo. I absolutely adored the Pappardelle with braised rabbit and mint, the mint adding an extra level of deliciousness.
Service was so friendly and personal, especially since it had only opened weeks before and staff were still ironing out the kinks. We were offered dessert, but went with a nice glass of wine to end the session. After dinner, if you are Karoke-inclined, head over to Sid Gold’s Request Room, as we did, to sing away a few calories. The space has a cool vintage ‘40s look and fun crowd and only a block away.
IMPERO CAFFÈ, 132 w 27th St (btw Sixth/Seventh Aves); located inside the hotel INNSIDE New York