Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna, A Discovery in Midtown

Da Marcella Bar

Da Marcella Mediterranean Taverna

ADDRESS: 11 West

51st Street

(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


PRICE RANGE: Dinner (Entrees): $16.00 – $28.00Da Marcella Pasta1

DRESS: Casual

RESERVATIONS: Highly Recommended



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 Table 1

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.

Da Marcella dessert1

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.

Da Marcella Ham

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).


Da Marcella Salmon

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Sample Dinner Menu (Prices Subject To Change)

Specialty of the House
Pulpo Marinado a la Catalana
Grilled Marinated Spanish Octopus,
Fresh Caperberries, Sundried Tomatoes $16
Burrata Cheese, San Daniele Prosciutto
and Truffle Sauce Over ‘Crostone’ $16
Crostini & Cacciatorino
Chicken Livers Patè, ‘Crostini’ and Salame $12
Melanzane alla Parmigiana
Baked Eggplant, Tomato, Basil, Reggiano $12
Antipasto della Casa
House Selection of Cured Meats and Cheeses,
Roasted Peppers, Bruschetta $16
Meatballs Da Marcella
Chef Francesco’s Veal and Pork Meatballs,
San Marzano Tomato Sauce $11
Mussels alla Marinara
Canadian Mussels, Pinot Grigio, Garlic $11
Calamaretti Fritti
Fried Calamari $12
Soup of the Day $10
Mozzarella e Campari Tomatoes
Fior di Latte Mozzarella, Campari Tomatoes $12
Romana e Gorgonzola
Romaine Heart with House Gorgonzola Dressing $10
Rucola e Reggiano $10
Insalata Tricolore $10
Carpaccio di Rape con Feta Greca
Red and Golden Beets ‘Carpaccio’, Greek Feta Cheese, Endive, Arugula $14
Specialty of the House
Tagliatelle alla Bolognese
Tagliatelle Artigianali with Classic Bolognese Ragù
Slowly Cooked for Eight Hours
Pappardelle Cinghiale
Homemade Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragù
Pappardelle alla Fiorentina
Smoked Pancetta, Cognac, Pink Sauce
Linguine del Lavorante
Sweet & Hot Sausage, Tomato, Cream, Reggiano
Gnocchi con Gamberi e Pomodoro
Homemade Potato Gnocchi, Gulf Shrimp,
Fresh Tomato $19
Linguine alle Vongole
New Zealand Clams in their shell $19
Lasagna alla Bolognese
Classic Bolognese Ragù, Besciamella Sauce
Spaghetto Organico Cacio e Pepe
Pecorino Romano, Tellicherry Peppercorns
Specialty of the House
Costa di Manzo Brasata al Barolo
Braised Short Rib of Beef, Barolo, Polenta $26
Pollastrello alla ‘Diavola’
Charred Whole Cornish Hen, Marinated with Paprika,
Garlic, Rosemary $25
Petto di Pollo Organico Arrosto
Organic Chicken Breast, Herbed Breadcrumbs,
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon, Pinot Grigio $22
Fegato di Vitello alla Salvia
Pan Seared Calf’s Liver, Butter, Sage $23
Steak Delmonico
Charred Grilled NY Steak, Caramelized Onions,
Truffled Mashed Potatoes $26
Branzino Intero al Forno
Oven Roasted Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass,
Garlic, Rosemary $28
Salmone Arrosto
Oven Roasted Wild Scottish Salmon, Garlic,
Rosemary $25
Spiedino di Gamberoni
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Vegetables Skewer $25
Sautéed Spinach $6
Sautéed Broccoli Rapa $7
Roasted Potatoes $6
Truffled Polenta & Wild Mushrooms $8
Panna Cotta con Frutti di Bosco
Gelato e Sorbetto Artigianale
[Ask Your Server About Today’s Selection]
Fondente al Cioccolato con Gelato
Cantucci e Vinsanto
Tiramisù Milanese
Ricotta Cheesecake
Creme Caramel
Affogato al Caffè
Vanilla Gelato Drowned in a Shot of Espresso
Sweet Wines by The Glass
Moscato El Caliè, Borgo Maragliano $9
Vinsanto, Castello di Querceto $14


Their Values
There’s only one Da Marcella. Most of its values and inspiration flow down from our two dear Marcellas: Marcella Moreno and Marcella Polini, one born in Viareggio, Tuscany in 1920, the other in Cesenatico, Emilia-Romagna in 1924. They never met, but they both agreed that a Bolognese ragù should not bear that name unless it has been cooking for at least eight hours, otherwise it’s just “meat sauce”; that chickens should always roam free, and that feeding hormones or antibiotics to cows is not only harmful, but outright foolish; that a restaurant should be a place where you “restore” your customers to the best of your abilities and not just a business in search of a certain Return On Investment. They both were great cooks and their cooking was based on the old principle of using the freshest seasonal ingredients found daily at the farm markets and bringing them wholesome to the table without adornment. At Da Marcella they are simply following their steps.

They are five partners who have been chefs, managers, bakers and/or waiters in restaurants like Felidia, Bar Pitti, Via Quadronno, Quattro, Plataforma, Da Silvano and many others.
In 2012 they united to open a Taverna that would closely resemble one just opened 100 years ago, before the terms “free-range chickens”, “organic” or “antibiotic and hormone-free beef” were coined, because then all chickens were free-range, all vegetables were organic and nobody had thought out the reckless irresponsibility of administering hormones or antibiotics to livestock.

They believe that great food should be affordably priced and that nobody should get rich feeding thy neighbor. All their pastas are made with the best durum wheat using the classic bronze dies that leave the surface of the pasta rough and porous to perfectly absorb the slow cooking sauces. At the same time, most of their pastas are organic and very soon all of them will be.

The word “restaurant” originates from the latin “restaurare” [to restore], as in “Come to our restaurant and we’ll feed you and restore you”. Da Marcella is a proud member of the Slow Food Organization, founded in 1986.


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