Okay, quick disclaimer: This post is really old. I kept pushing it off. Anyway, it dates back to when the FBM girls did their holiday cookie swap in 2010. Yeah, yeah. I've been slacking off. Whatever! Now onto the food at Otto.
However, before that, a quick blurb about the restaurant. This Batali run joint is more casual than his newer places. However, it's quite popular because it's good to get a quick bite to eat or just hang out. They have a largest wine bar area for people who are just meeting up for a couple glasses of wine. They will serve you food if you decided to stick around for longer. Also, it's good for small groups that just want to sit around, drink, eat, and chat the night away. And that's exactly what we wanted to do this cold wintry night.
After we ordered a monstrous amount of food, they started piling up our small table. First, some accompaniments for the cheese and bread. Going from the lower left hand corner then clockwise: truffled honey, apricots, and brandied cherries. I loved the truffle honey. It was amazing. I started just eating spoonfuls of it. Even after that, I wasn't satisfied so I asked for a small container of it. And they obliged! I was sooooo happy. The brandied cherries were good as well. And the apricots were bleh but that's because I'm bleh about apricots in general.
And here are the cheeses ($15). I know we had triple cream, taleggio, parmigiano, fontina, and quadrello. I liked them all. Some weren't as loved (the stinky ones) so I gladly ate it. I love stinky cheeses! I think the other girls enjoyed the milder, creamy cheeses.
We also ordered some sliced American prosciutto ($9). Nice marbling of fat, salty, and had good meat flavor. If you don't know already, I loved prosciutto. I was glad when this was placed in front me. Lucky for me, the other girls didn't finish it. So I gladly took one for the team.
If I were to come back, I would definitely order the fish appetizer again. I would also try a couple other of their pizzas. One of the good things about Otto is that they have a vast menu that pretty much anyone can enjoy. Definitely, a good night with the girls.
For more reviews, please check out Feisty Foodie's write up here.
1 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003-4312