Food & Wine Restaurant Review

Kenny’s Korner: Colicchio & Sons


The main dining room at Colicchio & Sons. Photo by Mark Jordon.

A West Chelsea favorite, named by Zagat as one of New York’s 8 Best Restaurants for Dining at the Bar, Colicchio & Sons Tap Room offers a chic, slightly more casual venue inside the overall elegance of Tom Colicchio’s sophisticated New York establishment.

Colicchio & Sons and Craft, which received its second three-star review from The New York Times in September 2011 overlooks 10th Avenue and West 15th Street. Boasting floor to ceiling windows offering spectacular views of the High Line and the Hudson River, and a delectably distinctive menu offering an unparalleled fine dining experience.

In the main dining room, perfect for both private dining and larger special events, Colicchio & Sons offers four course menus featuring Dinner, Dessert and Cheese with wine pairings. Wine selections include champagnes, whites, sakes, roses and reds each available by the glass or the bottle, and rich cheese selections from the US, Spain, England, France and Switzerland. In addition to the main dining rooms a la carte menu, two tasting menus were recently added to the dining selections along with Tom’s Classics, seven course tasting menu.  Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus are available in the Tap Room, aptly named considering Colicchio & Sons has nearly two dozen domestics on tap including NY’s own Art of Darkness.

The only thing more difficult than deciding whether to enjoy this dining experience with a special someone or a special group will be deciding what to order. The chefs at Colicchio & Sons were hand selected and have combined their individual tastes, talents and training to offer a menu of unimaginable indulgences.

Butter poached oysters with celery room tagliatelle, photo by Mark Jordan.

Main Dining Room selections include roasted octopus or green asparagus risotto and coddled egg. Dinner menu second courses include roasted and braised red wattle pork or 30-day dry-aged sirloin or ribeye served with butterball potatoes, spring onion, hen of the weeks, creamed spinach or lardons.

A gourmet taleggio, prosciutto, baby leek and soffritto pizza or a spinach salad with strawberries and machego; or truly original dishes such as roasted bone marrow, boudin noir or crispy pork belly with gnocchi and smoked maple jus are but a small sampling of the Tap Room Menu selections.

Brunch favorites include brioche pain perdu maple syrup and bourbon butter, a delicious twist on the classic BLT-that includes oven roasted tomato lemon mayo and fried egg. For those who fancy seafood, a crispy jumbo softshell crab focaccia and pickled shallots. If brunch is not complete without traditional breakfast offerings, ricotta pancakes with vanilla rose whipped cream, candied pistachios, rhubarb and honey butter are certain to enchant the palate.

Indisputably captivating Colicchio & Sons fare stands unfailingly unique even down to the desserts. Crafted for the connoisseur, choices include banana cream doughnuts, milk chocolate panna cotta, and rhubarb napoleon. For those who crave an upgrade, carrot cake torte honey mascarpone, with carrot sorbet and caramel ice cream. Yes, even the ice cream and sorbet selection is decadent with enticing flavors like gianduja, rosemary, hubiscus-lime and blood orange.

Colicchio & Sons is part of the well renowned Craft restaurants family which includes Craft — New York, Los Angeles and Dallas; Craft Bar -— New York; Craft Steak — Las Vegas and Foxwoods and Riverpark in New York. More than just the offering of amazing restaurants, the Craft family gives back to the community. Tom Colicchio, who received the award for Outstanding Chef from the James Beard Foundation in 2010, also serves on the Board of Children of Bellevue since 1995. The Craft family hosts the annual City Harvest fundraising competition, the annual chef’s dinner -— in support of FOHL Friends of the High Line, and in 2012 hosted “What’s On The Table?” a United Way fundraising event co- sponsored by Vanity Fair. Craft restaurants are also credited with collectively raising over $800,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand an organization dedicated to raising awareness of childhood cancer.

A trophy for New York, Colicchio & Sons has embraced the elegance, sophistication and spirit of fine dining; artfully created a menu of masterpieces, and continues to generously support the betterment efforts of many neighborhood and national non-profit organizations. An opulent experience is promised.

Colicchio & Sons
Located at 85 Tenth Avenue, New York,10011

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