First Look: Barchetta, Italian Seafood Specialist in ChelseaBy Kelly Dobkin | April 24, 2014 By Kelly Dobkin | April 24, 2014
The gist: Chef and seafood expert Dave Pasternack of the Batali/Bastianich-owned Esca has partnered with LDV Hospitality's John Meadow to open a casual seafood trattoria called Barchetta in West Chelsea. Italian for "little boat," Barchetta's concept focuses on super-fresh ingredients including local seafood prepared with an Italian twist. Here's what you need to know.
The space: The 91-seat space was designed by partner Chris Sheffield of SL Design and LDV Hospitality’s Co-Founder and Principal, John Meadow and features a mix of old and new pieces. White oak tabletops, reclaimed beams (from a 19th-century barn) and other refurbished vintage furniture gives the space a rustic elegance. Art-wise, the space also features six pieces by Alexandra Posen, sister of fashion designer, Zac Posen.
The food: A large crudo menu is the first thing you'll notice here and varieties include Boston mackerel with organic rhubarb; black sea bass with green almonds and more. A crudo tasting is available for $30 and comes in two flights. As for larger plates, there will be three pastas including fusilli with Atlantic surf clam and Calabrian chiles (below) and mains like whole grilled porgy, lamb chops and Scottish salmon. Dishes will change daily depending on what's fresh that morning. Check out the full menu below.
The details: 461 W 23rd Street; 212-255-7400