New York City is a mecca for food lovers. The restaurants in New York are everywhere, and the choices, when it comes to the type of food being served, seem endless. And there’s a reason for that. New restaurants are opening all the time even though the cost of building and operating a high-end restaurant in New York is astronomical. But actors like Robert Di Niro, and others, have a passion for good food, and big enough wallets to open a restaurant. Di Niro has teamed up with Italian chef Massimo Bottura, and the men are opening a restaurant called, Refettorio, in the Bronx. Bottura is the Italian chef that owns the best restaurant in the world, according to food critics. The opening of Refettorio is planned for 2017.
But food lovers that want a taste of Italy in New York City right now, always pick Tarallucci e Vino. Tarallucci e Vino is the trendy Italianesque wine bar located at 15 East 18th Street. Head Chef Andrew Welch knows what he’s doing when it comes to preparing Italian cuisine from all areas of Italy. The Union Square location is the perfect place for a dinner party or any event, but Tarallucci e Vino has developed quite a reputation for hosting special occasion events in all four locations. The Union Square location does get a lot of exposure, but the East Village store, and the Upper West Side store, at 475 Columbus Ave, are well-known event locations.
Tarallucci e Vino fourth location is the Copper-Hewitt location in the Smithsonian Design Museum. That location is perfect for people that want to host special events in a unique atmosphere. Tarallucci e Vino’s has one of the best reputations in the City.
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, on Great Jones Street in NoHo, is another popular Italian restaurant that doesn’t disappoint people that crave excellent Italian food. Il Buco is the perfect place for a glass of wine and appetizers as well as for a full course Italian style meal. The restaurant is also an ideal place to host any event. IL Buco used to be a lumber supply house, and it still has the rustic charm of a vintage building on the outside, but on the inside, it is a hangout for art lovers thanks to co-owner and gallery owner, David Zwirner.
If Italian food and wine is not the first choice, the Red Farm on the Upper West Side is the perfect place to enjoy fresh Greenmarket products, and artfully prepared fresh fish, as well as yummy dim sum dishes. The lobster, Long Life Noodles, are another treat, and the Pack Man shrimp dumplings are always a hit. The Red Farm is another great place to host a special event. Red Farm has a Prix Fix menu for large parties at their Upper West Side location as well as at their West Village location. The West Village location is upstairs from the Red Farm’s sister restaurant, Decoy.