The first dinner was with my sister, her husband, and Mr. M&P. Every year, we alternate who picks the restaurant for our joint dinner. The ladies get one, and the gentlemen get one as well. This year was my pick and I honed in on Chef Michael White. He's been very busy recently opening place after place in NYC. Being the fan that I am, I jumped at the opportunity to try his new places. For this meal, I chose Costata knowing well that my group would enjoy a nice steak dinner.
After looking over the menu, we decided to share everything so that we may try more dishes. We started with a dish from the crudo menu: sea scallop ($23) with celery root, and black truffle vinaigrette. At first, we thought this to be a pricey dish for an appetizer. But once the dish came to the table, we were happily surprised. This was definitely made to share. In fact, this would have been too much for one person to eat. It was a great start for four people to share. The light and sweet scallops with the earthy but tangy dressing. It was my sister's first time eating raw scallop and she enjoyed it. No surprise that raw scallop is one of my favorites.
The next appetizer we shared was the octopus and pork belly ($22) with crispy potato, charred pearl onion, and tomato onion marmalade. The octopus was cooked fantastically being not rubbery at all. Instead, it was soft with the slightest of chew. The pork belly was fatty and unctuous lending the right amount of fat to the dish. The garnishes of the various vegetables made the dish complete.
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