My buddy Benny from Greenwich Steakhouse opened up a second location of the Italian joint Il Tinello. Benny is second from the right in this picture, next to me. Ask for him when you go, and tell him I sent you!
The menu and ambiance here are a little different from the original location. It feels like a more lively restaurant with a younger crowd. It was packed both at the bar and at the tables on a Wednesday night.
The bartender AJ has a nine year pedigree at Benjamin Prime, and he mixes up some excellent cocktails. Ask him about his mezcal negroni and “new fashioned” drinks.
Don’t skip on this meat martini waterfall thing. Great selection of olives, cheeses and peppers to go with the hand cut prosciutto.
Table bread service comes with an eggplant and tomato dip, and nice freshly made bruschetta.
We started with the special oysters Rockefeller, which were awesome. Nice crispy pancetta on top!
We followed these with baked clams oreganata and beef carpaccio.
For a mid course, we tried three pastas. The favorite of the table was probably this orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage. Just like mom makes.
These crab ravioli on special were incredible as well. They had a nice robust, clean crab flavor. Not too heavy with a light creamy pesto sauce.
The tagliolini with seafood is PACKED with chopped scallops, mussels, and shrimp. Great stuff.
For our mains, we tried two veal dishes. The first was a delicious glazed rib chop.
So tender and perfectly cooked to medium rare inside.
We also had the bone-in veal parm that was on special.
This was massive! Definitely something to share with your date.
For dessert, we tried the creme brulee, Italian cheesecake, tira misu and panna cotta. I think my favorite was either the tira misu or the panna cotta.
Great meal with a great old friend. I’m happy for the success of his new venture here at Il Tinello. I’ll definitely be back again soon!
IL TINELLO EAST
244 E 46th St
New York, NY 10017