Am I the only one who keeps a "restaurant to try" list? For the past few years, I've had Barbuto on my try list. Well, after many missed opportunities and changes of plans, we finally made it to Barbuto. It was a pleasant experience. As it turns out, we dined on the 10th anniversary and even met Chef Jonathan Waxman, who was lovely and jovial as one would imagine.
The restaurant is located in a converted garage on the corner of West 12th Street and Washington. The service was welcoming and amiable and the menu is American and Italian-inspired.
We started with the special polpetta, a melange of veal and pork meatballs sliders that were fantastic. We loved the famous gnocchi with a walnut puree, however I was hoping for the little nuggets of joy to be slightly lighter and fluffier. The roasted chicken with a green verde sauce was a joy; the chicken was juicy and sealed in a crispy, salty skin. You can't miss the contorni either, especially the polenta with mushrooms and marscapone, and crispy potatoes. What a highlight.
Even though we were stuffed to the brims, we still had to try a dessert. We landed on the torta, which was lemon cream and pistachio cake. I'm not joking, this was incredible.
All in all, I was pleased with Barbuto and am looking forward to my next experience.
775 Washington St, New York, NY 10014