AAA Inspector Rating Details (scale 1-5)
AAA Inspector Notes
Celebrity restaurateurs Mario Batali, Joseph and Lidia Bastianich continue to have great success with their ultimate Italian restaurant. The menus are prix fixe, with dishes that are served in either the five- or seven-course tasting menus. Lunch is three courses. The ingredients may change daily based on fresh market availability, but signature items, such as the homemade spaghetti with Dungeness crab, burnt beef prime rib or the halibut in Saor are typically available. For dessert and an amusing end to the meal, expect small signature flourishes. Polished service is provided by an experienced wait staff, with an accomplished sommelier on duty to help you pick that perfect bottle of wine or champagne for a special occasion. The space is on a grand scale for Manhattan, with its impressive two-story dining room that features artful mezzanine-level seating overlooking the lovely multicolored intricate marble flooring, wrought iron banisters and rich mahogany pillars below. From the delicious food being served to the dulcet sounds of the live piano player, everything here exists on an elevated level from the mere mortal world.