The Restaurant: Marta in the Martha Washington Hotel
Why we like
Why we like it: It was love at first popover with Chef Laurent Tourondel in 2004, when he first opened his eponymous BLT Steak. We’ve been huge fans ever since, and L’Amico is no exception. Instead of steak, seafood shacks and burger joints, Tourondel ventures into Italian territory with a farm to table angle. Tourondel is a chef who understands the art of creating the savory dish. His food is packed with flavor, reflective of someone who has a passion for cuisine. We liked the rustic yet warm dining room, which feels more like a lofty farmhouse, kitted out with a wood burning oven. The oven isn't just for show either; our favorite pizza pie is the vongole, which too few restaurants in the city offer.
What to order: Sunday brunch is one of the best times to hit up L’Amico, if even just for the ricotta lemon pancakes which melt in your mouth. For dinner, opt for the savory crab crostini that primes your appetite for bigger things to come, including the agnolotti, stuffed with scallops, lobster and shrimp. Their version of smoked ricotta gnudi with black truffle is the stuff addictions are made of.
The dets: Reservations are a must for brunch or dinner, as they’ve been packing the house. http://www.lamico.nyc