The last few restaurants the hubby and I have been to had been hyped up but we left feeling disappointed. This losing streak changed last night when we were finally able to snag a table at Maialino!
Maialino is the impossible-to-get-into Italian restaurant that is part of Danny Meyer's culinary empire (of Union Sqaure Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and ofcourse Shake Shack-fame, amongst others) located at the Gramercy Park Hotel.
We got to the restaurant at 910pm for a 930pm reservation, and found it to be at almost 50% occupancy. I was elated since that meant we were seated sooner but puzzled as to why I was unable to get an earlier reservation. Could there have been that many last-minute cancellations?
Anyhow, by 930pm the dining room had filled up and the place was popping.
The decor is very 'Roman trattoria'. You walk past the bread and salumi station...
..to get to the dining room where there are wooden floors, oak wainscotting and white on top of blue and white checked table cloths.
The food was amazing! We started off with the Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe- ribbons of pasta prepared with pecorino and pepper. So simple and yet so delicious!
For our entrees we shared another pasta dish, this time the Garganelli- tube shaped pasta (similar to penne) with braised rabbit, green olives and rosemary; and the Pollo alla Diavola: Half chicken with black pepper and pickled chili.
|Pollo alla Diavola|
Everything was superb! The pasta was cooked just right and the flavors were not overpowering. The portion sizes were great too. Some people have complained that the portions are too small-I disagree, I think they are just right.
For dessert we opted to have the gelato, trying the trio of olive oil, straciatella and tiramisu flavors.
All in all, it was a perfect evening. Good food, great ambiance, excellent service. Date night is back with a bang!
Apparently had we been there a few hours earlier we may have caught a glimpse of Lady Gaga who was staying at the hotel!
Q: What is your favorite date-night spot?