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

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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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36 comments

Terry April 22, 2014 - 5:12 pm

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.

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Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama April 22, 2014 - 5:18 pm

I love dishes that are beautiful as well as tasty. Serve that vanilla bean my way.

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Kecia April 22, 2014 - 6:39 pm

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!

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Mitch April 22, 2014 - 9:11 pm

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!
Mitch

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) April 22, 2014 - 9:44 pm

The food looks amazing. I think I will be down in NYC next month, so I might see if I can get there to check it out!!

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Susanna Barbee (Zealous Mom) April 22, 2014 - 9:47 pm

This food looks so delicious. The mere thought of NY makes me so happy; I love that city.

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Brandi April 22, 2014 - 9:55 pm

I jealous. Yep, I admit. Frothing at the mouth here! That dang panna cotta looks delicious!

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Jessica April 22, 2014 - 10:01 pm

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!

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Angela April 22, 2014 - 10:19 pm

These dishes at Grace’s Trattoria look delicious. I’ll have to remember this place in my travels.

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Maggie @ The Love Nerds April 22, 2014 - 10:21 pm

I think we might have a trattoria by us. It sounds familiar. I am hoping so because it looks amazing!

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Melissa April 22, 2014 - 11:07 pm

YUM! Everything looks so delicious. I’m drooling here.

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Liz Mays April 23, 2014 - 12:37 am

The presentation is as beautiful as I’m sure the food was delicious. What a fabulous restaurant!

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Cam | Bibs and Baubles April 23, 2014 - 1:52 am

I want to go there! Everything looks delicious- especially the pasta!

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Veronica April 23, 2014 - 2:03 am

Everything looks so delicious! That would be a great place to try

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Mommy2Jam April 23, 2014 - 3:06 am

This looks amazing, looks like they had a great time. LOved all the pictures too

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Tracey April 23, 2014 - 8:12 am

The presentation and food just looks to die for!

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patricia Marsden April 23, 2014 - 8:14 am

My kind of meal, my kind of place well worth any travel.

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Karen April 23, 2014 - 8:35 am

This restaurant looks delicious! I’m going to have to check it out next time I’m in the city.

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Keikilani April 23, 2014 - 10:22 am

Holy Cow! I am jealous of your meal! I am licking the screen! What a beautiful meal.

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Krystal April 23, 2014 - 10:39 am

The lamb looks amazing. What a nice dinner out!

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Rosey April 23, 2014 - 11:56 am

Oh my goodness that does look like an amazing place to go visit. You got some really great pictures!

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Autumn April 23, 2014 - 12:13 pm

What a beautiful meal! If that tasted as scrumptious as it looked, then you were certainly treated!

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Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven} April 23, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Yummy!!! All of that looks delicious!! We rarely ever get to go to “fancy schmancy” restaurants but I’d love to visit this one!

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Christie April 23, 2014 - 12:46 pm

OMG, mouth is watering!! How amazing is the presentation

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Henrietta April 23, 2014 - 1:37 pm

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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Amanda April 23, 2014 - 2:08 pm

WOW! This looks fancy shmancy! I would love to try it! 🙂

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Krissy April 23, 2014 - 2:59 pm

What a great presentation – definitely fancy, and looks delicious!

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Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog April 23, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Fancy! Looks really yummy.

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StacieinAtlanta April 23, 2014 - 3:56 pm

I want that lamb right now! Those are some amazing looking plates.

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Ashley M April 23, 2014 - 6:36 pm

I dont know what looks better Grace’s Trattoria’s Signature Tagliatelle or the Pan Seared Arctic Char. Definitely made it to my bucket list.

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Alesha @ Full Time Mama April 23, 2014 - 8:02 pm

Wow, that looks delicious (and fancy)!! If I’m ever over in NYC I’ll have to look for Grace’s!!

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Toni April 23, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Oh my, that looks like such tasty food. I love restaurants that do fun presentations with food.

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Tatanisha W April 24, 2014 - 12:05 am

Oh you’re killing me over here with all of this good food.

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Amanda W April 24, 2014 - 12:42 am

This food looks amazing! I’m so hungry now 🙂

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Marina April 24, 2014 - 6:44 am

The food looks delicious. My mouth’s watering for that Italian dessert. Yum!

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Beth@FrugalFroggie April 24, 2014 - 11:14 am

Looks delicious!! I don’t have a favorite as I love them all!!

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