GRATA Brings Affordable Dining To Fashionable Sutton Place With a New Chef and Relaxed Atmosphere

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GRATA Restaurant & Wine Bar

Address:1076 First Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets

Reservations strongly suggested; 212-842-0007

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Grata Is A Welcome Addition to the Midtown-East dining Scene

One of the best to open last year was Grata. From the moment one walks through the 1st Avenue door, taken and restored from a 1920’s Roman villa, they are welcomed by the visions of the NYC-based designer: C3D Architecture PLLC.

From the cream-colored, beamed ceilings, sections of blanched, exposed brick walls, and handsome tables made from huge chunks of rich cordova-colored mango wood from Indonesia, the attractive 85-seat restaurant pleases the eyes with its hardwood floors, and a long curved bar that greets guests near the entrance. Single diners can ease into an inviting communal table that looks out on First Avenue.

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The Spacious Elegant Booth Seating (Above)

Grata, is a restaurant serving world-cuisine with Mediterranean influences and doesn’t dwindle its efforts on a single country or region..After nearly six years, a long shuttered prime Midtown location (formally a Greek, then Middle-Eastern restaurant) has new life.This hot, newcomer to the food scene displays the pedigree of its creators and chef, and is a welcomed invitation to success . . . . which brings us to the restaurant’s name.

GRATA is Latin for a type of welcome. Originally, grata connoted being “under the protection of.” Now, it’s become the proprietor’s promise: “You are going to be well-taken care of here.”  On a recent Wednesday evening, the room was packed by 8 PM and, to these eyes, the customers all looked like happy campers.

GRATA’s creator/owner is Mirso Lekic, the mastermind and owner of the storied and much-missed Il Valentino restaurant. Mirso, a life-long food lover and businessman. His new Executive Chef:, Hido Holli,.has an extensive background here and in Paris.

The menu boasts tempting selections with shared dishes and appetizers.We enjoyed, Grilled Artichokes and delicious and tender Charred Baby Octopus. There is also a wide variety of creative pastas.

Although one can live on appetizers alone, it would be a shame to miss a selection of carefully prepared entrees like a moist Grilled Branzino with Root Vegetables, Ras El Hanut Braised Lamb (like Osso Buco) with dried figs, market carrots, quinoa, and almonds or our personal favorite: a classic Dover Sole, done is the traditional French style.

Bread is fresh and offered with oil and Balsamic vinegar; cocktails are generous and well made. Desserts are simple and well done. A Lemon Meringue Tart and Miniature Cheesecake were perfect.

Already discovered by foodies and the neighborhood crowd, reserve in advance and we think you will agree. And yes . . . . you will very definitely feel WELCOMED.

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Sample Dinner Menu, Prices & Content Subject To Change

 

Grilled Artichokes 16
Remoulade sauce, arugula
Mediterranean Eggplant Spread 9
House bread, honey
Caponata Crostini 9
Eggplant, olives, red pepper, raisins
Bruschetta 8
Grilled ciabatta bread with marinated tomato
Marinated Olives 6
Imported Spanish mix
Mini-Meatballs 11
Stewed tomatoes, poached egg, feta cheese, croutons
Prosciutto San Daniele 14
Pan con tomate
Charcuterie 13
Dried Italian Salami (meat plate)
Daily Artisan Cheeses 3 for 13
House-made seasonal marmalade, walnuts
Beef Carpaccio 15
Arugula, Pecorino cheese
Salads
Chopped Grata Salad 11
Cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, feta
Market Greens 8
All-spice honey-lemon dressing
Beet Salad 12
Arugula, herbed goat cheese, aged balsamic
Classic Caesar Salad 12
Romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, bread croutons
Burrata 14
Tomatoes, roasted peppers, basil
Appetizers
Charred Baby Octopus 16
Warm chickpea stew, fennel puree
Sicilian Sardines 15
Beccafico stuffed with raisins
Fritto Misto 13
Fried Calamari and zucchini, fragrant spicy tomato
sauce
Grilled Marinated Beef Skewers 14
Herb Tahini, herb salad, grilled onions
Salmon Avocado Tartar 14
Cucumber, ginger vinaigrette
Soups
Soup of the Day P/A
Imported Dry Pasta
11/16
Spaghetti a la Bolognese Classic Bolognese sauce
Rigatoni alla Buttera Hot and sweet Italian
sausage, sweet peas and tomato sauce
Bucatini alla Amatriciana Pancetta, onions,
tomato sauce
Fusilli (organic gluten free corn pasta)
Tomato and basil
Penne Seasonal garden vegetables,
mascarpone cheese
Fresh Home-made Pasta
14/20
Sage Pappardelle Sautéed wild mushrooms,
Cipollini onions, Parmesan
Ravioli di Zucca
Butternut squash ravioli
Garganelli Veal ragu sauce in a lemon rosemary scent
Cavatelli Shrimps, arugula, cherry tomatoes
Spinach Ricotta Tortellini
Brown butter, sage, pinoli nuts
Fish & Sea
Spiced Grata Mussels 18
French fries, fine herbs
Striped Bass Fillet a la Plancha 24
Cherry tomatoes, grilled charred
eggplant, basil
Grilled Scottish Salmon 24
Cauliflower puree, braised kale
Whole Roasted Fish of the Day P/A
Roasted vegetables, lemon and caper
Meat & Poultry
Marinated Grilled Cornish Hen 24
Roasted vegetables, basil mashed potatoes
Ras El Hanut Braised Lamb 26
Turkish figs, carrots, quinoa, almonds
Grilled Sliced Steak P/A
Confit potatoes, cipollini, salsa verde
Hudson Valley Chicken Breast 22
Wild mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes,
peas, zucchini
Sides

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