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Posted by Jay on 02/05/2009
Three of us dined at Scarpetta last Sunday night and overall it lived up to the hype. Duck and foie gras ravioli was my favorite; rich but somehow light at the same time. The much-vaunted spaghetti with tomato and basil was more than the sum of its parts but fell short of an ethereal experience. We liked the decor, including those luggage-strapped mirrors and the atmosphere was lively with cute people and lots of energy. They were out of the wine we ordered but magically had a more expensive bottle of a similar kind. Also, I wanted to try the agnolotti but instead they brought us the rabbit cavetelli which was delicious. We couldn't eat everything so we asked the server to pack up about half of our food, then waited about fifteen minutes wondering if he forgot and just tossed it in the back. Sure enough he came back without apologies but with an obviously fresh container of the capretto but nothing else. By the way, goat isn't great left over.
Posted by John from Chelsea on 01/07/2009
Scarpetta, meaning little shoes, filled big ones for me and my friend last night. After several attempts to dine at Scarpetta, we had a post-theatre reservation last evening for dinner. We were greeted warmly and seated directly at a lovely table in the middle of the restaurant. I must say that the dining experience was certainly worth the wait. We had a scrumptious dinnerall courses were yummy and amply sized! The atmosphere was sophisticated but at the same time comfortable with a wonderful buzz to the warmly lit room.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/06/2009
My wife and I recently celebrated here birthday @ Scarpetta. It was wonderful. Atmosphere was very nice (although a tad loud). Service was spectacular. Food was great. Appetizer (Buratta) was slightly disapointing, but I think is was just not the right choice for us. She had the goat (we switched plates mid-dinner), which was suggested by the waiter as their signature dish. Boneless, which was a nice touch, as the only other times I had goat is was all bones and very little meat. I am not sure that I would chose that dish again, but enjoyed it nontheless. I orderd the black cod, again at the waiter's recommendation. It was fantastic!! Chocolate cake for dessert was probably the best we have ever had and that is our standard dessert. We decided that that was probably worth the price of the meal. Staff was extremely pleasant and warm made us feel like old friends and welcome guests. Definitely worth a try.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2008
I was not as overwhelmed as many of the other reviewers. Service was pretty good, although a water glass went unfilled for quite a while, the bread and its accompaniments sat on the table (although we were clearly done with it) until dessert and waiters, when attending to the table next to us always managed to have their ass about 2 inches from our face. We had the polenta and short rib appetizer, both were excellent. We both had pastas for dinner and both, oddly tasted like plemeni - Russian dumplings that you get for about 1/4 the cost in Brighton Beach. This was rather disappointing. I had the chocolate and vanilla parfait for dessert and it was OK: it didn't seem to taste like it was described. Again, a bit disappointing. What can I say? I really expected more. Perhaps I didn't order the right things, but there shouldn't be "wrong" things on the menu at a really good restaurant, should there?
Posted by mgp on 12/02/2008
Concierge recommended the restaurant for a nice Sunday night Italian dinner. Needless to say it better than expected. From my appetizer to my main course everything was excellent. My husbands food was excellent also. Highly recommend it....
Posted by Anonymous on 11/19/2008
Walked in without a reservation at 7PM and we got seated up front in the bar area. Great service and hosts. Appetizers were the scallops, the yellowtail and a cheese. All were so flavorful and melting in our mouths. Main courses were the cod, the duck ravioli and a seafood pasta...again, all wonderful. This is a restaurant that NYC has been waiting for....just great.
Posted by DoctorTed on 10/09/2008
Scott Conant is the best chef in NYC. Scarpetta is fabulous. Every dish here is superb.