Restaurant Review – Dinner at Grace’s Trattoria, New York City

Complimentary admission and the meal was provided. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

I was invited to this event and unfortunately could not attend. Fellow Tristate Bloggers member Krista of The NYC Talon was kind enough to stand in for me. This is a guest post written by Krista. All of the photos are hers and used with permission.

When you think of an Italian restaurant I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind is spaghetti and meatballs, tiramisu, candlelight and a checkered tablecloth. Dinner at Grace’s Trattoria is not so much Italian in the Disney sense but rather about honoring the Italian affinity for knowing what flavors are timeless, which are trendy, and how to present those flavors to diners. I was recently invited to a press tasting at Grace’s to sample what they’ll be dishing up this season.

Paired with wine from Whiskey and Wine off 69, our starter was Tuna & Avocado Tartare with Mango Mole and Lotus Root – the avocado was delightfully creamy, the tuna was delicious, and the mango mole was an exciting addition to the dish.

Grace's Trattoria, New York City

Next was Grace’s Trattoria’s Signature Tagliatelle with Maine Lobster, Morels, and Spring Herbs – it was easily the best pasta dish that I’ve had in a while, the sort of dish that makes you wonder where it’s been your whole life. We were joined by owner Grace Balducci Doria, of the well-known Balducci’s and the ‘First Lady of Gourmet Food Retail’ in her own right, shared my enjoyment of this particular dish. “The lobster is just so sweet and tender. See, I would never serve anything that I wouldn’t eat myself” she commented with conviction.

Grace's Trattoria, New York City

The next dish that followed was a Pan Seared Arctic Char served with Asparagus Tips, Israeli Couscous, and Meyer-Lemon Pistachio Vinaigrette. The Arctic Char sort of resembled salmon but was much milder. The flavors were really on point, I have to admit I’m dying for some more of the Meyer-Lemon Pistachio Vinaigrette!

Grace's Trattoria, New York City

I have to give it to my dining companions, when a waiter arrived to offer freshly ground pepper, one of the gentlemen I was seated with turned him away saying “I will not insult the chef by doing so – after eating here I can tell you, he knows what he’s doing.” I absolutely agree. Executive Chef Joe Trama’s Roasted Rack of Colorado Lamb served with fingerling potatoes and root vegetables was a thing to behold. I loved it.

Grace's Trattoria, New York City

For dessert we were served Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Balsamic – the vanilla beans popped in my mouth and the addition of strawberries and balsamic reduction made this Italian dessert an extra special ending to my evening. I can’t wait to return.

Grace's Trattoria, New York City

Grace’s is moving to a newer (larger) home – you’ll soon find them occupying 7,700 square feet of retail space over on 68th street!

To find out more information about Grace’s Marketplace and Grace’s Trattoria visit the Grace’s Trattoria website. You can also connect on Facebook.

What’s your favorite Italian dish? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

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I'm a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I'm a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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  1. If they have Maine Lobster, my Hubs would be there in a flash. And the rack of lamb… he would be torn in what to order. Everything looks so good.

  2. I was going to comment on how amazing the Signature Tagliatelle looked, but then I saw that Panna Cotta and forgot what I wanted to say! Italian is by far my favorite cuisine — I love strombolis!

  3. Wow! That looks like a hugely delicious meal! I want an invite! I love all those dishes, and your pictures are gorgeous, gorgeous enough to have me drooling over my computer!

  4. The presentation of these dishes is absolutely perfect. I love stepping into a unique dining experience and being served food so beautiful that I don’t even want to eat it!

  5. I’m sitting here on my first day of a three day cleanse and now I’m Starving, lol! This looks simply amazing — especially that pan seared Artic char — yum!

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