Truffles are held in high esteem in many cultures, from the Middle East to France, to Spain and Greece. Especially in demand this season is the decadent Tuber Magnatum Pico, also known as the white truffle. Mostly hailing from parts of Italy, white truffles have made their way to the Big Apple in a very big way. Read on for the best white truffle dishes in New York City this fall.
Staying true to Italian tradition while highlighting the earthy flavors of the white truffle, Tocqueville’s White Truffle Gnocchi is the definition of understated elegance. Chef and owner of this upscale Union Square restaurant, Marco Moreira, sauces tender potato gnocchi in a creamy butter emulsion before plating, then tops the dish with a lavish amount of delicious white truffle shavings.
You may want to think twice before you right this dish off as just another side to go along with your steak. Recently opened Il Mulino Prime imports luxurious white truffles straight from Alba, Italy to top off its grilled asparagus and fried egg with cracked pepper. If you’re looking for a heartier dish, this chic Soho eatery offers other white truffle dishes, including grass-fed filet mignon served with white truffle shavings, and off the menu specialties like porcini mushroom ravioli or fresh trenette with white truffle shavings served in a creamy sauce.
From now until the end of November, diners at Toloache 50, Toloache 82 and Toloache Thompson can indulge in sinfully delicious tacos topped with white truffles. Seasoned restaurateur Julian Medina brings in Urbani white truffles, chipotle-glazed halibut and jicama-American caviar slaw to make up his specialty Tacos de Pescado y Trufas. You can consider the limited-edition dish a sneak-peek to a planned five-course white truffle tasting event scheduled for December at all three locations.
Bringing together slightly sweet hominy (dried maize kernels which have been treated with an alkali) with a rich soft poached egg, runny yolk, fresh Brazilian queijo de minas cheese, and white truffle shavings — Brazilian restaurant Botequim’s Hominy Risotto is melt in your mouth delicious. This warm and hearty dish, perfect for cool autumn nights, highlights the white truffle’s ability to upgrade the most humble grit into an elegant dinner.
Mediterranean hotspot Tessa has launched its new fall menu and placed the white truffle front and center. This Upper West Side restaurant has brought in white truffles from Alba, Italy to create its seasonal White Truffle Linguini made with Parmesan foam.