Monday, April 23, 2012


Last week, we celebrated a good old friend's special birthday at Maialino's.  I have always wanted to try this restaurant since I popped in  two years ago while waiting for my customer to arrive.  The restaurant just opened at the Gramercy Park Hotel where major upgrades and renovation had just been finished.  I checked out the menu and the decor and immediately wrote this restaurant in my list to try.

Fortunately, our friend had invited us for his birthday celebration. Danny Meyer is a New York City Restaurateur and Maialino's is his restaurant; among others such as Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and Shake Shack; all of which I like!  Maialino is a Roman Italian restaurant.  He chose Nick Anderer as his executive Chef who worked as a sous chef at Gramercy Tavern.

For the birthday celebration, we were given a private room with a long table for 20 people.
While waiting for the guests, came some appetizers:

This was ramps on Italian bread from Sullivan Bread (my favorite bread purveyor in the City)

On the left were mushrooms with a delicious puree.
On the right was tuna belly with carrots on top.

On the left is the grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto on a bed of finely grated parmigiana cheese

After 4 Appetizers while we waited for everyone to arrive; we were now ready to sit and enjoy the dishes of the menu above.
(1)  CARCIOFINI FRITTI - Fried Artichokes with Anchovy Sauce on the side
(I highly recommend!  The anchovy was so mild and smooth that I could not even taste the hint of anchovy)

PRIMI:  MALFATTI AL MAIALINO - Suckling Pig Ragu & Arugula
(This was very good. )
SECONDI:  SPEZZATINO D'AGNELLO Braised Lamb, Taggiasca Olives & Spinach

SPIGOLA RIGATA Roasted Striped Bass, Fingerling Potatoes, Orange & Fennel

DOLCI (Dessert):  TORTA DELLA NONNA - Pine Nut Tart & Lemon Caramel
PANNACOTTA - Ricotta Custard & Red Wine Poached Pear
I highly recommend trying out this restaurant.  And should you want to have a private party in the future, not only will you have the ambiance, you will also enjoy a delicious meal!

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