Pescatore and great food go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly.
I am the first person to admit that fish to me is never the first thing I am looking to order when I go to a restaurant that has a meat or pasta option on the menu. So when I first heard of a place called “Pescatore” I had to mentally change my game palate up due to thinking that everything on the menu was fish related. I was wrong, yet at the same time pleasantly surprised with the entire meal (which included some of the best fish I have ever had, more to come later). My friend and I went there a week ago and were treated like kings in so many different ways. Here is more about our great experience.
Pescatore itself has such a warm and friendly vibe to it that is nestled in the heart of Midtown East. The service was spectacular throughout the meal, and I got a chance to talk a little more with the owner Charles Devigne, who is celebrating the restaurant’s 20th Anniversary this year (Congrats!). He started us off with a bevy of appetizers, all of which were unique in their own right but had great depth of flavors to them. My personal favorite was the risotto balls with the truffle aioli sauce, something that we got a sneak peek of because they aren’t currently on the menu! Hooray for behind the scenes access! We were told this was something that was being placed back on the menu eventually, to which I agree with that decision. Better yet, do it sooner because my mouth is watering thinking about how damn good they were. One thing that my friend was a big fan of that didn’t really work for me was the ricotta cheese with chives, pease, hazelnuts, honey, and mint. It might have been a bit much for my palate but it was still tasty to say the least.
We also were treated to two different types of pasta dishes. One was Linguine alla Vongole which included steamed little neck clams with Chorizo, green onions, toasted garlic and fresh parsley. The other was Spaghetti Carbonara with pancetta, caramelized onions, pecorino and egg. Once again, my friend and I had a difference in opinion as I thought the latter was better than the former, yet both were equally delicious. It was just a matter of our taste buds. Out of all the dishes that we had, hands freaking down the best thing from the entire night was the Chilean Sea Bass. Chilean Sea Bass is one of the few seafood that I really enjoy personally, as it is foodporn to the umpteenth level. I can say this was the best Sea Bass I have ever sank my lips into, and that is because the supporting cast really made the star shine. The bass was surrounded by peas, porcini farro and brown butter vinaigrette with a cauliflower, currant and almond condiment. So amazingly yummy.
After all of that, the last dish that we had of course was dessert, which was a homemade cheesecake. Delicious and then some. Overall, an 8.5 out of 10 in my book. Great place to go to if you want some hearty Italian cooking with an edge and an overall great environment. Check out Pescatore’s official website for more information on menus and location. Definitely worth the visit!
955 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10022