Dropped into Melegrano tonight with three friends, having seen S. Irene's write up in the Times today and given we were at the Arclight. We all liked it very much. Nice space; it feels a bit like New York as it is long and thin, with a nice large round table in the front window for a large party. The staff and servers were friendly and professional and there were a number of nice touches:
- We were offered complimentary prosecco when we sat down.
- After we sat (and there seemed to be no staff near) I leaned on the table and it had that ‘tilt thing’ going where the table is uneven. Before I could say anything, a busboy appeared to fix it, clearly having seen it.
- Your napkin is creatively and elegantly refolded when you get up from the table.
The food was very good. Our starters:
- Two of us had the mushroom soup, which was smooth, elegant and tasty.
- Even better was the special lentil soup of the day, outstanding.
- A tomato and lettuce salad that was incredible. One of the best vinaigrettes I have tasted in a long, long time, even better than S. Goin does at Lucques, which for me is saying a lot.
I would return for the lentil soup and the salad alone. But the entrees were also terrific:
- A rolled pasta with beef and chard, topped with shaved truffles. The chef did the shaving for any table who ordered it in the room, he was very personable and the dish was quite good.
- Braised Beef Short Ribs were very good, though you can get the same at other places in town.
- Grilled Kobe Flat Iron Steak, also excellent.
- I had the lamb, which was just terrific. It was a huge portion, 2 racks of 4 chops each, and the lamb was coated with a breadcrumb and herb crust that rivaled any I have had. The vegetables that accompanied it were also very good.
All in all, a lovely evening, particularly given how new the place is. I hope it does well, I will be back.