New Year's dinner at Sandro's (on 9th Avenue at 22nd Street):
My husband and I started with the best beef carpaccio appetizer I've ever had. Velvety tender beef drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with crumbly Parmesean shavings, crunchy pieces of celery and thin slices of black truffle. The juxtaposition of different textures was perfect.
I had the creamy spaghettini al limone (I think $12) as my main course. Perfectly al dente pasta dressed with a pecorino and cream sauce that was spiked with a bit of lemon (they must use zest instead of juice, yes? or the cream sauce would have separated...) I think just a little lemon zest over the top would have given it even more bite, but when a dish tastes this good who am I to quibble?
My husband said he loved his spigola, a light flaky white fish that smelled overwhelmingly of rosemary.
If only the dessert--berries in a balsamic and grand marnier syrup--had lived up to the rest of the meal. Some berries were mushy and hot, others still cold. And the balsamic sauce was overly sweet and syrupy. A big disappointment. I would have preferred the berries fresh, with a little grand marnier poured over the top. And while we appreciated the house grappa that the chef sent around to all the tables, it tasted more like Peach Schnapps than anything else, and gave us bad high school fuzzy navel flashbacks.
Overall though, a really wonderful meal. I'd go back again and finish with an affogato--apparently they make their own gelato. Has anyone else had better dessert luck there?