Midtown New York is a capital of culture, but to get the most out of a date night to Carnegie Hall, City Center, or the Theater District, you’ll want a nice dinner first. Abboccato Italian Kitchen backs its central location with warm hospitality and homestyle takes on fine Italian.
You’ll be feeling comfortable right from the start as you stroll into an intimate, contemporary space. Red accents prime appetites in a room done up in rustic wood and stone. The front windows open to the street, so on a nice night you can pretend you’re on an Italian terrazza, an impression only intensified when the food arrives.
Sharing tastes always sets a romantic mood, and cicchetti (“small bites”) will get you started off right with temptations like crisp risotto fritters or bruschetta with truffle ricotta. Pre-theater nights are built for prix fixe menus, and Abboccato’s happens to be one of the best in the city. Caprese salad makes a tasty round one, with kumato tomatoes, pesto, and imported buffalo mozzarella. Talk about the show to come while you anticipate your entrée, maybe pan-seared skate with lemon and garlic, or homemade sweet potato ravioli with brown butter and sage.
Just like the menu, the wine list shows off the best of regional Italy, with vintages from Sicily, Tuscany, and the Piedmont. The word abboccato translates to “a touch of sweetness,” and you’ll get that in the prix fixe, too, as course three arrives with a classic tiramisu, or sheep’s milk ricotta panna cotta. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and satisfied and ready for the entertainment that awaits.
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