Soho’s MAMO Restaurant, headed by restaurateur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti and Executive Chef Salvatore Marcello, is one of New York’s leading Italian restaurants, combining authentic cuisine, a chic space, and a hip clientele. Standout menu items include romanesco arrosto salsa caesar, e parmigiano, a roasted half romanesco served with a creamy homemade caesar. Particularly known for their pastas, MAMO’s hearty dishes include the maccheroncini al ferretto (fresh Calabrian-style pasta with butter, sage, lemon, and parmesan) and ravioli al tartufo (delicate ravioli with fresh truffle). Toast MAMO’s excellent food by choosing from an extensive list of French and Italian wines. VIP patrons include the Jonas brothers, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z.
The charming Frenchette, a Tribeca restaurant created by Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr—formerly top chefs for legendary spots including Balthazar, Minetta Tavern, Pastis, and Schiller’s—is a modernist “neo-bistro” offering modern French cuisine. It was a hit as soon as the doors opened, and was recently nominated for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.
Start with one of the delightful specialty cocktails, such as Night Moves, combining bourbon with earthy flavors including black walnut. For an appetizer go full French with the brouillard: soft scrambled eggs with escargot and garlic butter. Entrée dishes of note include the simple yet well-executed roast chicken, which comes with a potato puree accentuated with maitake mushrooms.