Restaurant Week in NYC is something like a gift from the food gawds. It gives you the ability try a new restaurant, and experience some of their best foods for an awesome price. I normally hit a spot or two in Lower Manhattan neighborhoods like SoHo or Greenwich Village during this time. This year I decided I am going to keep it local and support restaurants in my neighborhood of Harlem. OpenTable currently has this helpful feature for Restaurant Week in which you can see all the restaurants participating, make reservations, and even sometimes see their prix fixe menu. I came across a great Italian restaurant by the name of Lido, that is located on Restaurant Row.
Lido has been capturing the hearts and stomachs of Harlemites in the neighborhood for 6 years. The Executive Chef that is creating their seasonal menus is Serena Bass. She prides herself on making simple but yet delicious food that she would serve in her own home. They have an outdoor patio for warmer months, a cozy dining area, and attractive full bar as well. Lido is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner so you can always get in where you fit in.
I took a peep at their regular menu while attending their Restaurant Week event, and was disappointed to NOT see Gnocchi on their dinner menu. Their Gnocchi with truffle butter, sage, and parmesan is a crowd favorite, but it is featured on their Restaurant Week lunch menu. For starters, they bring out this nice crusty bread with tapenade that I could taste hints of garlic in. For those who are not familiar with tapenade it is a dish that is minced or pureed olives, olive oil, and anchovies. Here is your warning now – IT IS ADDICTING!!! When ordering my appetizer, I did order from their regular menu for the fried calamari with chipotle aioli. This must be the most tender calamari I have EVER had in MY LIFE, and tasted great with or without the aioli sauce if you are not big on spice. The calamari was so tender it almost felt like it was melting in my mouth. For my entrée, I ordered the rigatoni with pan seared spicy Italian sausage, Holland peppers, onions, and fresh herbs. The rigatoni was a lighter pasta dish than I expected it due to the sauce not being heavy. The other person I was dining with ordered the pan seared red snapper with orange beurre blac, autumn vegetables, and mozzarella gratin. Being the good friend I am I did steal a couple pieces off their plate to try and it was cooked to perfection. It had a perfect crust but moist and tender as well.
Overall I feel as if Lido is a great spot for a date, grabbing a drinks at their beautiful bar, or a great casual dining experience. Restaurant Week ends on February 10th so you still have time to find a couple of spots and try something new. Check out my previous post for a listing of all participating restaurants.
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