It’s officially truffle season and that means restaurants will be integrating these flavorful bites into their fall menus. Here are six of our favorites. By Carly Petrone.
NYC White Truffle Festival
Every year in the Piedmont region of Italy, the white truffle of Alba is celebrated at the Alba White Truffle Festival. Now, Urbani Truffles, the world’s leading purveyor of truffles, and Prunotto, one of the oldest wineries in Piedmont, are teaming up to bring this exciting festival to NYC. From November 5 through the 12, restaurants across the city will showcase this delicious little morsel in their exclusive menus. These dishes will also be paired with the wines from Piedmont, including Barolos and Barbarescos. Who’s on the list? Ai Fiori, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Rosemary’s, Saison, and many more. Click here to see the entire list of participating restaurants.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
529 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
Black Tap and The Bagel Store have teamed up this October to bring you The Bagel Burger! This magical creation is made with a black and white swirled truffle oil bagel, a Pat LaFrieda beef patty, bacon, egg, cheese and truffle mayo. This insane burger comes with homemade fries — and if you’re really up for it, you can pair your meal with an even crazier signature Black Tap milkshake.
The Little Owl
90 Bedford St.
Fans of the white truffle will be happy to know that Chef Joey Campanaro will be incorporating this seasonal favorite into his dishes over at The Little Owl in the West Village. Guests can actually add white truffles as a supplement to anything on the menu! One of his personal favorites is definitely the Risotto Blanco – organic egg yolk, Parmesan, and truffle. Of course, shavings of this delicious fungus also pairs well with his Golden Cod with red cabbage, butternut and sweet-spicy pepitas, Lobster Soup with poblana chiles, and Crispy Chicken with brussel sprout home fries, lemon, sherry, and Dijon. The Sliced LI Duck & Almonds also comes with a lovely blueberry-truffle vinaigrette. Is your mouth watering yet?
23 E. 40th St.
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Head over to Benjamin Prime, the new steakhouse from Benjamin Restaurant Group for a twist on a typical beef tartare. Be the first to try the White Truffle Steak Tartare, or the Filet Mignon Tartare with black truffles, crème fraiche, and truffle shavings. These pair perfectly with a nice Surf and Turf, a Bibb Salad, or one of their many side dishes, like the intriguing Creamless Creamed Spinach. And don’t forget dessert! Their menu ranges from apple strudel and carrot cake, to a rich crème brulee.
Davio’s Italian Steakhouse
447 Lexington Ave.
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Stop in for lunch at Davio’s Italian Steakhouse and enjoy a juicy burger or the Prime Flat Iron – both served with Parmigiano Truffle Fries. The pasta here is always stellar, especially the Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi and Braised Veal Agnolotti. The gnocchi is made with White Truffle Oil, organic mushrooms, and basil, while the Braised Veal Agnolotti comes with black truffles and Parmigiano. You really can’t go wrong with either one.
436 Jefferson St.
You won’t want to miss Chef Kevin Adey’s scrumptious Scarpinocc over at Faro. He’s making half-moon shaped egg pasta with sautéed chanterelles, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and shaved truffles. He’s also offering lots of other great fall-inspired dishes, like braised and wood-oven charred octopus with Parisian potatoes, pickled pearl onions, pea puree, and vadouvan curry cream (a French-Indian spice blend). You can even try out a 6-course pasta tasting on Fridays and Saturdays at the Chef’s table (by reservation only) for $85. Now that’s some quality comfort food!
1 E. 15th St.
New York, NY
Tocqueville is serving Truffled Creamy Polenta Grits with a Sunny Side Up Country Egg for $24. Chef Marco Moreira has created this simple yet flavorful dish to show off the earthly richness of black truffles, while the addition of the house-cured veal bacon adds to the creaminess of the grits. You can also call to learn more about their exclusive white truffle tastings, running around $235.
New York, NY
You’re in luck, because now through Dec. 21, Locanda Verde is celebrating Trufflepalooza. They have created a limited menu, highlighting white truffles from Alba, Italy. This year you can choose from their Chestnut Crespelle, with ricotta and porcini mushrooms, their Hand-cut Tajarin with sugo d’arrosto and Parmigiano-Reggiano “rossa,” or their Roasted and Brasied Veal with guanciale and spaetzel. The dishes are on the pricier side, but they’re definitely worth the treat.