10 New Pastas to Try in NYC

From a French-Japanese fusion noodle to a classic veal ragù
February 17, 2015
by Kelly Dobkin

Frigid winter temps (like today's) are a perfect excuse to carb-load. Check out these 10 new and notable plates of pasta around town, from a French-Japanese fusion noodle to a classic veal ragù.

Buckweat pasta with oxtail bordelaise and prawns at Bara

Tucked away near Prune on East First Street in the East Village is this French-Japanese enclave from Momofuku alum Ian Alvarez. His buckwheat pasta dish with oxtail bordelaise sauce and prawn combines classic French flavors with a Japanese buckwheat noodle and a kombu-flavored chicken stock. Head-on seared prawns and a sprinkling of bright-green Brussels sprout leaves add color and additional flavor.

Cost: $18

Wine pairing: Morgon Beaujolais by the glass ($13)

58 E. First St.; 917-639-3197

Osso buco lasagna at Florian

Shelly Fireman's Flatiron Italian newcomer puts a jaw-dropping spin on both lasagna and osso buco with this singular dish. The Parmesan-béchamel-laced lasagna is formed into a circle around an oozing braised veal marrow bone, garnished with a sprig of rosemary. 

Cost: $24

Wine pairing: Nebbiolo D'Alba '10 Borgogno by the glass ($18) 

225 Park Ave. S.; 212-869-8800

Butternut squash scallopini at Dirt Candy

Amanda Cohen just relocated and reopened her veggie-focused eatery in much larger, roomier digs, ushering in a new menu as well. In the pasta department, check out the butternut squash scallopini, named for the panko-fried rounds of grilled butternut squash and kabocha squash that top the bright-orange pasta, which is made with smoked and roasted butternut squash. The whole thing is served with a salt-roasted delicata squash and bright green chermoula sauce and finished with labneh balls with harissa oil and a salad of dates, dukkah, mint and preserved lemon.

Cost: $23

Wine pairing: Stadlmann Rotgipflier Anniger 2012 by the bottle ($42), glass ($11), or half-glass​ ($6)

86 Allen St.; 212-228-7732

Truffle pasta at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Le Bernardin sommelier Aldo Sohm's bustling wine bar and eatery offers a creamy truffle pasta featuring wide, handmade noodles coated in a sauce of truffles and aged Parmesan.

Cost: $26

Wine pairing: Sohm's signature Grüner Veltliner by the glass ($20) or bottle ($150)

151 W. 51st St.; 212-554-1143

Spaghetti blue crab pasta at Santina

At the Torrisi gang's new coastal Italian High Line eatery, check out the spaghetti blue crab tossed with cherry tomatoes and parsley for a briny taste of the sea.

Cost: $24

Wine pairing: Punta Crena Mataòssu ‘Vigneto Reiné’ Colline Savonesi, Liguria 2013 — call for pricing

820 Washington St.; 212-254-3000

Short-rib ravioli at Bowery Meat Company

Since opening late last fall, burger man Josh Capon's modern steakhouse has been purveying high-end meats to sell-out audiences on a nightly basis. But don't miss the restaurant's Italian side, showcased in dishes like the short-rib ravioli with bacon, rosemary butter and aged balsamic.

Cost: $24

Wine pairing: Grenache/Syrah, Venus La Universal ‘Dido’ Montsant, Spain 2012 by the glass ($15)

9 E. 1st Street; 212-460-5255

Agnolotti ​Piemontesi at Masseria dei Vini

​At this Chelsea Italian newcomer, cousin to the Midtown and Rhode Island outposts of La Masseria, you'll find this rich and satisfying agnolotti stuffed with veal, in a buttery mixed wild mushrooms sauce.

Cost: $18.50

Wine pairing: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo​ by the glass ($11) or bottle ($38)

887 Ninth Ave.; 212-315-2888

Tagliatelle with Dungeness crab at Eli's Table

At Eli Zabar's new UES farm-to-table restaurant adjacent to Eli's Market, this rich and satisfying housemade tagliatelle is flecked with Dungeness crab, chives and a spritz of tart Meyer lemon juice for brightness. 

Cost: $18

Wine pairing: 2013 Cheverny Le Petit Chambord (Francois Cazin) by the glass ($12) or half-glass ($6)

1413 Third Ave.; 212-717-9798

Spaghettini with fried egg at Upland

Stephen Starr and Justin Smilie's Flatiron hit recently added brunch to the roster, which means a slew of new menu items. Among them, the spaghettini with fried egg, roasted pepper and bread crumbs is ideal for curing a hangover.

​Cost: $17

Wine pairing: Riesling Kabinett “Jean Baptiste”, Gunderloch, 2013 (Rheinhessen, Germany) by the bottle ($44)

346 Park Ave. S.; 212-686-1006

Pappardelle with veal ragù at Barchetta

At Dave Pasternack's Chelsea seafood mecca, this hearty pappardelle with veal ragù, Meyer lemon and green olives is a perfect main course after one of the eatery's signature crudo flights.

Cost: $17

Wine pairing: Sangiovese Di Impruneta Massoferrato 2012 Toscana by the glass ($12)

461 W. 23rd St.; 212-255-7400