Destino

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891 1st Ave. (@ 50th St.) NYC
212.751.0700
Website: http://www.destinony.com/  

Maître d’, Owner and Executive Chef.: Anthony Curko 
  
 

A far cry from its former incarnations as Copain (more notable for its location-use in the film “The French Connection” than its food) and Whylie’s, an on-again-off-again rib joint, Destino was a roaring success after just six weeks of operation, when it opened in 2006. Call it luck, Kismet or the power of publicity, but this pleasant east side Italian restaurant was still playing to a full house on the night of our visit. Customers were loving the traditional ‘home-style’ Italian cooking. Well, the chef-owner, Anthony Curko, is from the never-can-get-a-reservation Rao’s family.

And the causally elegant dining room is attractive with its bar-lounge, and large chandelier, as you enter and oil-on-canvas 40-foot Renaissance fresco on the ceiling. The main dining room may lack generosity in spacing its tables, but attractive leather banquettes, a lovely smoked mirror, soothing beige walls and loads of wall sconces create the right mood. On the downside, the noise level is high and the service, while friendly, can be slow. The greeting, by the attractive Anthony Curko,is warm and welcoming.

Not overly large portions guarantee a complete dining experience that will not have you walking away with that over stuffed feeling. A meal at Destino’s conjures memories of your Italian grandmother’s Sunday dinner, if she had lightened up the food, most of which is very good.
 
Chef Curko’s, meatballs in marinara sauce are two hefty players that put most versions around town into second field. Eggplant Rollatino, gently stuffed with Mozzarella is deliciously grease-free. Two pastas, linguini in white clam sauce and spaghetti carbonara are both al dente as requested and perfectly sauced. In the entrée division, a Roasted Rack of Lamb in a Brown Sauce, with Asparagus, Roasted Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes was nice, but was eclipsed by a outstanding chicken Scarpariello, served on the bone with hot and sweet sausage, peppers and onions.
 
Desserts are standard: the ubiquitous Tartuffo, cheesecake: well you get it. The wine list is just a few pages, but there are enough options under $50 to please(best value is the delightful Roero Arneis D.O.C. Traisorì, 2010)  and drinks are generous and well made. They were still packing them in as we left and the host said the restaurant was heavily booked all evening So for an honest, affordable Italian experience in this part of town, book well in advance.

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Sample Menus (Prices Subject To Change)

ANTIPASTO

INSALATA DI MARE ……………………… 16.00
Poached Shrimp, Lobster and Calamari,
served Chilled in a Lemon-Oil Vinaigrette

MELANZANE ROLLATINO ……………………… 11.50
Fried Eggplant rolled and stuffed with
Ricotta over Marinara Sauce

VONGOLE OREGANATE ……………………… 12.50
Baked Clams

CALAMARI FRITTI ……………………… 13.00

MOZZARELLA EN COROZZA ……………………… 11.00
Fresh Mozzarella, Battered and Fried, Marinara Sauce

ANTIPASTO TOSCANO ……………………… 13.50
Prosciutto, Hot & Sweet Sopressata, Sliced Parmigiano
Cheese, Burrata Cheese, Artichoke Hearts, and Roasted
Peppers over Baby Arugula

ZUPPA DI COZZE ……………………… 13.00
Mussels Sautéed with a touch of Marinara

CALAMARI ALLA GRIGLIA ……………………… 14.50
Grilled Calamari over Baby Arugula, Fennel, Sliced
Orange, Lemon Oil Dressing

POLPETTINE DI MARIO ……………………… 14.00
Mario’s Meatballs, the House Specialty

ANTIPASTO DESTINO ……………………… 15.00
Clams Casino and Oreganate, Eggplant Rollatino,
Mozzarella en Carozzo and Grilled Shrimp

CAPPENSANTE ……………………… 15.00
Pan Seared Sea Scallops in a White Wine Sauce
with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Zucchini

INSALATA

POMODORO, MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA, E PEPPERONATA …………….. 13.00
Tomatoes, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onions and Fresh Buffalo
Mozzarella with Balsamic Dressing

INSALATA TRI-COLORE ……………………… 10.50
Baby Arugula, Trevisano Radicchio and Endive with Sherry

INSALATA AL CAESARE ……………………… 11.50
Romaine Lettuce, Anchovy Dressing, Croutons
and Shaved Parmigiano Cheese

INSALATA GARDINO ……………………… 10.00
Mixed Green Salad with Cucumbers, Fennel, Cherry Tomatoes,
and Radish with Sherry or Balsamic Dressing

INSALATA DELLA BARBABIETOLA ……………………… 12.50
Red and Goat Beets, Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus,
Goat Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette

INSALATA BIANCA ……………………… 13.00
Hearts of Palm, Fennel, Artichoke, Button Mushrooms,
Endive, Shaved Parmesan Cheese and Citrus Vinaigrette

INSALATA DELLA PERA ……………………… 12.00
Field Greens, Sliced Pears, Strawberries, Spiced Roasted
Walnuts, Gorgonzola Cheese, Balsamic Reduction

PASTA

Choice of Spaghetti, Capellini, Linguine, Orechiette, Rigatoni, Fusilli, or Penne

MARINARA ……………………… 17.00
Tomato, Garlic, and Onion Sauce

BROCCOLI RABE E SALSICCIA ……………………… 18.50
Broccoli Rabe and Hot and Sweet Sausage with Garlic and Oil

ALLA VODKA ……………………… 17.50
Tomato Sauce with a Touch of Cream and Vodka

CARBONARA ……………………… 19.00
Prosciutto, Onions and Egg

PUTTANESCA ……………………… 18.00
Black and Green Olives, Caper Berry, Onions and
Anchovy with Light Tomato Sauce

BOLOGNESE ……………………… 19.00
Meat Sauce with Pork, Beef and Veal

ALLE VONGOLE ……………………… 21.00
Whole and Chopped Clams in a Red or White Sauce

FILETTO DI POMODORO ……………………… 19.00
Tomato, Prosciutto, Garlic and Basil

SICILIANA ……………………… 18.50
Eggplant, Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella

AGLIO E OLIO ……………………… 16.50
Garglic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

ARRABBIATA ……………………… 17.50
Diced Hot Cherry Peppers, Oregano, Onions and Garlic

POLLO

MARSALA ……………………… 22.00
Chicken Breast, Mushrooms and Marsala Wine Sauce

FRANCESE ……………………… 22.00
Chicken Breast, Egg Battered, Lemon and White Wine Sauce

MILANESE ……………………… 22.00
Chicken Breast, Pounded Thin and Breaded, Topped with
Baby Arugula, Tomato, Red Onions, and Buffalo Mozzarella

PARMIGIANA ……………………… 21.00
Chicken Breast, Breaded, Topped and Mozzarella and
Marinara Sauce

SCARPARIELLO ……………………… 22.50
On the Bone, Sauteed Hot Cherry Peppers, Sweet Red
Peppers, Hot and Sweet Sausage, Onions

MARTINI ……………………… 23.00
Parmesan Encrusted Chicken Breast, Lemon Vermouth Sauce,
Topped with Roasted Tomato and Asparagus

VITELLO

MARSALA ……………………… 25.00
Mushrooms and Marsala Wine Sauce

PARMIGIANA ……………………… 25.00
Breaded, Topped with Mozzarella and Marinara Sauce

FRANCESE ……………………… 24.50
Egg Battered, Lemon and White Wine Sauce

MILANESE ……………………… 24.50
Pounded Thin and Breaded, Topped with Baby Arugula,
Tomato, Red Onions, and Buffalo Mozzarella

SORRENTINO ……………………… 26.00
Topped with Prosciutto, Eggplant and Mozzarella
in a Brown Reduction Sauce

CARNE

BRACIOLA DI MAIALE (PORK CHOP) CALDO E DOLCE …………………. 22.50
Grilled, Topped with Sauteed Hot & Sweet Cherry Peppers in Light Brown Sauce

COSTOLETTA D’AGNELLO (LAMB CHOP) ……………………… 33.00
Roasted Rack of Lamb in a Brown Sauce, with Asparagus, Roasted
Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes

PESCE

DENTICE (RED SNAPPER) OREGANATE ……………………… 25.00
Lightly Breaded with White Wine and Lemon

MARECHIARO ……………………… 26.00
Sauteed with White Wine, touch of Marinara

SALMONE ALLA DIJON ……………………… 24.00
Broiled with a touch of Honey Dijon Mustard

FRUTTI DI MARE ……………………… 27.00
Mussels, Clams, Shrimp, Sea Scallop and Catch of the Day
in Lemon and White Wine Sauce

GAMBERO SCAMPI ……………………… 26.00
Shrimp Sauteed with Garlic, Lemon, and White Wine

VERDURA

Steamed or Sauteed with Garlic and Oil

SPINACI ……………………… 8.00

BROCCOLI ……………………… 8.00

ASPARAGO ……………………… 8.50

BROCCOLI RABE ……………………… 8.50

Desserts

Profiteroles …….. $11

Italian Cheese Cake …….. $11

Panna Cotta …….. $10

Tiramisu …….. $11

Cannoli …….. $10

Biscotti Cookies …….. $5

Tartufo …….. $10
(Classic or Pistachio)

Sorbet …….. $9
(Mango, Raspberry, Lemon)

Homemade Gelato …….. $8
(Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Espresso, Hazelnut)

Key Lime Pie …….. $8

Lemon Meringue Pie …….. $8

Key Lime Cheesecake Pie …….. $8

Any Dessert “a la Mode” …….. $2.50

ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL DESSERTS!

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