For Ms. Lollipop's birthday, we went to Barchetta. She is known to love seafood both raw and cooked. Barchetta is David Pasternack's new seafood place. It opened with mixed reviews but we wanted to go and judge ourselves. The space is open, bright, and modern. They didn't change much from the previous restaurant (La Promenade des Anglais) so we recognized it right away.
To start, I had the Calamari alla Piastra ($16) which was grilled whole squid with red hot pepper and arugula salad. The squid was cooked nicely and I enjoyed it being left whole with tentacles and all. Inside, they left the ink sack as well so it became a sauce. I enjoyed this and was the perfect amount of food to start the night.
Ms. Lollipop had the House Cured Salmon Roe Crostini ($19). This was a generous serving of salmon roe. Look at it piled onto the grilled toast. Chef David Pasternack is known for his crudo so that is a good choice if you get the chance at either of his restaurants.
461 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011