When it comes to high-end steak houses there is certainly no shortage of options in Manhattan. Though as far as I know there are none that offer a blended menu of Northern Italian cuisine along with steak, like Davio's. Davio's Manhattan is part of a small Italian Steakhouse family known for its handmade pasta, prime cuts of Brandt beef, delicious seafood and impressive selection of wine.
From the moment you step off the elevator and into the intimate dining room at Davio's Manhattan, until you take your last delicious bite of dinner, you are treated with impeccable service by the knowledgeable staff.
I had the chance to dine at Davio's on a recent trip to NYC. I started the evening with one of Davio's Negroni cocktails, "The Aged," which is Bombay Sapphire Gin, Carpano Antico, and Luxardo Bitters, which is Bottle Aged in house for 6-8 Months. I could have easily sipped on this all night, but after perusing the award winning wine list I knew I would switch to wine during my meal.
Our appetizer was an order of the ever so popular Kobe beef meatballs topped with melting Caciocavallo cheese. The meatballs were perfect in texture and taste and reminded me so much of the meatballs my grand mom used to make me as a little girl.
There are 8 pastas listed on the menu under the heading farinacei, (starchy foods). In order to save room for the meat and seafood to come we decided to share an order of the Pappardelle with Braised Veal Oxtail Ragu. The pasta, which is made in-house, was nicely coated with the long cooked meaty sauce and tasted delicious.
Meat and seafood are mostly offered À La Carte accept those under Caserecci (homemade), which are served as complete meals. We decided to choose from the À La Carte menu. I went with the Yellow Fin Tuna which was perfectly seared and tasted wonderful with a spritz of lemon.
My dining companion ordered the 8oz center cut filet with a side of Davio's steak sauce. The steak was cooked medium rare exactly how he wanted it.
We ordered the spicy broccoli rabe and the salt roasted fingerling potatoes for the table. Both were tasty and delicious accompaniments to our main course choices.
Though we were quite full at this point I could not pass up dessert and a chance to try Davio's Tiramisu created with house-made lady fingers and mascarpone. What a delightful treat and the perfect way to finish off our delicious dinner.
As I'm sure you've guessed by now, Italian food is my comfort food and eating at Davio's Manhattan felt like home! Next time you are in NYC be sure to stop in for a bite of Italian comfort.
447 Lexington Avenue
New York NY 10017
This experience was provided complimentary, all opinions are my own.