Photos by Ken Goodman
The gist: Chef Jared Sippel and general manager James King, both alums of Boulder's lauded Frasca Food & Wine partnered on this new bistro-meets-fine dining concept now open in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood. Italienne (the French word for Italian) serves small plates and à la carte dishes in its front taverna while the dining room offers a 4-course tasting menu, all inspired by the flavors of Southern France and Northern Italy.
Italienne four-story farm poularde with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and bacon
The food: In the taverna, expect small plates with a focus on grilled or smoked dishes. To start, there's a solid program of charcuterie and cheese plus the Venetian Cichetada, a platter of Venetian-style appetizers including an octopus salad. The dining room’s tasting menu will feature dishes like duck with foie gras, fennel and huckleberry; and lobster with coconut vichyssoise, lemongrass, and herbs.
The drinks: The lengthy wine list reflects the same regions as the food, including small-batch wines and unique varietals from France and Italy. Behind the bar classic cocktails get a twist with local liqueurs. A few notable drinks include the Francese 75 (Cognac, Poli miele, lemon and Prosecco) and Autunno In Fruli (Amaro, Smith and Cross, allspice dram and lime).
The space: The space is filled with old-world touches throughout like wide plank floors, lighting made from vintage French wine carafes, columns and antique mirrors. The front taverna area features limestone-lined walls, and a marble-topped bar, while the dining room has a cozy vibe with leather banquettes and butcher block tables. There’s also an open pastry bar so you can watch Rebecca Isbell (formerly of Betony) in action.
The details: 19 West 24th Street; 212-600-5139; Italienne's taverna portion opens at 5:30PM and serves food until 10:30PM. The bar is open until midnight. The dining room offers seating from 5:30-6:45PM. and 8:30-9:15PM.