New York, Part 2
After the show (Memphis! Go see it – it’s like Hairspray meets Forrest Gump and that’s actually a good thing), we went to dinner at Carmine’s.
It’s a fixture in the theater district, apparently. They serve family-style Italian with the menu posted on big signs on the wall so your whole table can decide together. It reminded me of Maggiano’s Little Italy, which I visited in Boston back in 2005.
At Carmine’s, we decided to start with the cold antipasto platter. Their website doesn’t have a description of what is on the platter, but what I recall is marinated roasted red peppers, mozzarella and grape tomatoes, a cold calamari salad, some sort of a bean salad that I think was lentil, smoked salmon on toast points, and a really nasty eggy frittata thing that tasted like fish. I think there might have been one or two other items on it as well, but I think I may have blocked them out because I didn’t like them. The calamari salad was pretty good, but other than that, I was not impressed with the rest of the dish.
For our entrees, we chose the four pasta platter, veal scallopine with lemon and butter, and our waiter talked us into a plate of meatballs. The four pasta platter included ziti with meat sauce, veggie lasagna, cheese canneloni, and four cheese ravioli. The ravioli was my favorite. I didn’t care for the sauce on the ziti, though, I found the canneloni bland, and there was something in the lasagna that just seemed funky to me. The veal was lovely though, and the meatballs weren’t too bad either.
The rest of my group seemed to really like everything, so maybe I’m just getting fussy in my old age! But, here’s what I do know – for a theater district tourist-friendly dinner, I preferred Sardi’s. And for a family-style Italian restaurant, I preferred Maggiano’s. Ah, well, what really matters is that we had a great time visiting with friends in New York and a beautiful day in the city.