Honestly, as long as your a little bit flexible with your date and time, it’s not that hard to get a reservation at Marta on east 29th street (between Park and Madison), New York’s hottest new Italian entry.
Using OpenTable, I was able to snag a 9 p.m. four-top on a Tuesday night.
The restaurant was packed when Paolo and I arrived about 30 minutes early. But we were seated within 10 minutes of checking in with host, who was super sweet and friendly.
Among the appetizers that arrived at our table, I really loved the rabbit meatballs, which came with sweet and creamy homemade ricotta, and the supplì, which were especially fun because they were made from “green risotto and so they had a more tangy flavor (imparted by flatleaf parsley, I’m guessing).
The “Funghi” (“Fontina, Hen of the Woods, Chanterelles, Red Onion, Thyme”) was the biggest hit at our table, although the “Pizza alla Carbonara” (topped with “Potatoes, Guanciale, Black Pepper, Pecorino, Egg”) was as unusual as it was overwhelmingly delicious. If I’m not mistaken, that’s the “Macellaio” at the top of this post.
Wine director Jack Mason — who hails from Texas! — has done an amazing job of putting together the program there. No pressure, after all! ;)
The list is dialed into wine inventory software Binwise and so its regularly updated on the restaurant’s site.
It’s simply the sexiest room in Manhattan right now and I highly recommend it…