Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna
ADDRESS: 11 West
(Between Fifth Avenue & Rockefeller Plaza)
New York, NY 10019
WEB SITE: www.DaMarcella.com
TELEPHONE: (917) 639-3911
HOURS: Lunch/Dinner: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM, Mon.-Thurs.
11:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Fri.
Dinner: 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sat.
4:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Sun.
Happy Hour: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Mon.-Fri.
(Italian small plates and ½-price on select Italian wines
by the glass)
CUISINE: Homestyle Italian with Spanish flair
CREDIT CARDS: All major
RESERVATIONS: Highly Recommended
SEATING CAPACITY: 120
NUMBER OF ROOMS: One
PARTY FACILITIES: Available upon request
BAR: Full-service sit-down bar. .
EXECUTIVE CHEF: Francesco Mueses
WINE DIRECTOR : Ernesto Lago
OWNER: Manuel Moreno
OPENING DATE: November, 2013
(The first Da Marcella Taverna opened in the West
Village in July 2012 to great acclaim.)
Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna offers Homestyle Italian with Spanish flair. Restaurateur Manuel Moreno and Executive Chef Francesco Mueses prepare an impressive selection of rustic home-style Italian dishes, most of them from original family recipes. In addition, they recently introduced several classic Spanish dishes paying homage to their Spanish/Italian heritage.
Start with a selection from the bar-tapas menu, including delicious ham croquettes in a crunchy breading to enjoy with the excellent martinis and superb selection of Single Malts (many priced as low as $12), Don’t fail to sample the amazing appetizers. You could make a meal of The Chef’s Veal and Pork Meatballs in San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Mussels alla Marinara with Pinot Grigio wine and Garlic, and the outstanding Pulpo Marinado a la Catalana ( Spanish-style octopus), fork tender, yet with a good texture, and absolutely perfect Another must with Italian roots, is the divine Burrata Cheese (stuffed mozzarella with a buttery texture) and San Daniele Prosciutto kissed by Truffle Sauce Over terrific Crostone.
Then, Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Gulf Shrimp and Fresh Tomato or the Paella with its moist authenticity and heady seafood partners or one of the numerous pastas.
Entrees include Charred Grilled NY Steak, Caramelized Onions and Truffled Mashed Potatoes and a delicious Oven Roasted Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass with Garlic and Rosemary, a classic Pan Seared Calf’s Liver, with Butter, Sage and a tender Braised Short Rib of Beef, in Barolo with delicious Polenta. End with a really outstanding Tiramisú or a lush Creme Caramel, and Vanilla Gelato, Drowned in a Shot of Espresso.
Service is surprisingly helpful and friendly.
The custom-made 22-foot long oak bar features an impressive selection of global wines with a particular emphasis on regional Italian and Spanish wines. A variety of wines are available by the glass. In addition a premier choice of spirits, liquors, after-dinner drinks, dessert wines, Single Malt Scotch, and specialty cocktails are also available. The Lunch/Dinner and Happy Hour Menus are available at the bar. The sophisticated, romantic dining room is enhanced by a 14-foot high ceiling, rustic oak bar, custom-made pine communal tables, wood tables, dark blue high-back leather chairs, leather banquettes, tiled floors, mustard-colored walls, vintage Italian posters, and mood lighting to create a classic, turn-of-the-19th-century Mediterranean Taverna.
Hardly what you’d expect to find in this area, Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna is a delightful neighborhood surprise and was packed with a happy crowd (many from the small hotel the restaurant adjoins). Not fancy, but good food and wine in an easygoing atmosphere at a fair price. Nothing wrong there. (A good choice for before or after theater).
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