I’m always excited to discover a good new Italian place. Noi Due Carne really hits the high mark. Let me get right into it, before I reveal a surprise that I’m meaning to save until the end.
Fried baby artichokes:
I haven’t seen these since Rome, and they were every bit as good here as they were there. Perfectly golden crisp, expertly seasoned, and garnished with a bright citrusy sauce. I could eat this by the bucket.
Grilled marinated sweetbreads:
By far the best sweetbreads I have ever had. They were tender yet firm at the same time, not mushy and watery like other sweetbreads I’ve had. No sinew. All flavor. Amazing.
Spiced lamb flatbread:
You can pass on this. The dough or bread portion is just not up to par.
This was nicely drizzled with balsamic and had great texture from the crispy sweet potato.
Artichoke ravioli with a lemon and white wine sauce:
These were incredible. I get excited about anything artichoke-related, but my excitement is usually tempered by shitty execution. This place nails both artichoke dishes.
Cavatelli with short rib ragu:
Cavatelli is my favorite pasta. The beef was nicely prepared, and had a pop of interesting flavor from the pomegranate. I liked this.
This baby was made for going viral.
That may look like just an ordinary large meatball, but look inside:
That’s right. Spaghetti INSIDE your meatball!
Not really my cup of tea. Both components end up being a bit off when they’re cooked this way, and I feel like the dish is really only designed for the shock value of the presentation. The meatball itself was nice and spicy though, and the sauce on the plate was well prepared. This is probably something that’s fun to order for the kids though, since kids can sometimes be really picky eaters. Adults should pass on this. Especially men.
Half chicken al Mattone:
This had a great crispy skin on it. The chicken itself was a bit dry in parts, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the sweet potato puree underneath. But overall this dish was delicious.
This was perfect. Pounded thin and flat, lightly breaded, and fried to a beautiful golden crisp.
26oz rib eye for two:
This is pricey at nearly $130, but there was no waste on it and no bone to beef up the weight numbers.
This was a 9/10 too. The simple olive oil and sea salt preparation really allowed the quality of the beef (USDA prime) to shine. It even tasted dry aged to me.
On the side we had some veggies and fries. Both just okay.
Dessert consisted of some kind of stacked, light, airy pastry with some sort of whipped topping and fruit…
A chocolate mousse cake of come kind, with some kind of frozen treat on top – like an ice cream…
And fondue with frozen banana, ginger snap cookies, marshmallows and strawberries:
The reason I’m cryptic about the pastry and the cake/ice cream is because, well, this place is Kosher, and I really have no idea how they pulled off pastry, whipped cream, cake and ice cream without using dairy. My wife would know, but I haven’t the slightest. Everything was really good.
But yes, that’s right: This place is Kosher. That’s the surprise I hinted about up top. This was the best Kosher meal I’ve ever had in the city, and I think I’ve had three or four? I would definitely eat here again. The fried artichoke, the sweetbreads, the artichoke ravioli and the steak were all top notch amazing dishes. Don’t PASS OVER (KNEE SLAP!) this place just because it’s Kosher and Kosher joints have a reputation for bad food.
NOI DUE CARNE
143 W 69th St
New York, NY 10023