Tre Otto comes along at a good time in a good place. Uptown hounds, feeling underfed in their corner of town, are embracing this Italian restaurant opened last month by the owners of the old Fratelli Cangiano market downtown.
If pappardelle with duck confit ragu is on the menu, aguy239 urges you to get it. If the justly praised version at Lupa is a 10, he reckons, Tre Otto’s is a solid 8. "Lighter sauce than Lupa's, with a good background taste of vegetable/tomato," he reports. "I didn't leave a molecule behind." Others recommend tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, fried calamari and zucchini, grilled octopus with a fennel and orange salad, and, for dessert, semifreddo with almond, pistachio, caramel, and chocolate sauce.
Among the few early missteps were spotty service and an overpoweringly garlicky trenette with pesto, but hounds figure this kind of thing will get ironed out, and so far they're turning out in force. "Tre Otto shows promise and we hope it succeeds," says City Kid.
Tre Otto [East Harlem]
1408 Madison Avenue (between E. 97th and 98th streets), Manhattan