Michael White is on a serious roll. He is building an empire of restaurants in and around NYC. We went to one of the latest on Fathers Day, Costata. Michael was there until I saw him scoot out the front door with his family. Glad to see he makes time for the family.
Costata is located in the old Fiamma location that closed a few years back. Not sure they have done that much with the place since it closed. The light is a tad bright and it feels more like a suburban restaurant than a chic spot. Not sure who they are using to for design but it could use a shot of sophistication.
Although this is a steak house there are many options on the menu. The food is simple yet really good. If this place was located on the UES people would use it as their kitchen. The first thing out was a little taste. Puff pastry shells filled with creme fraiche and topped with caviar. You could go wrong but not here. Just delicious and the pastry had the perfect hints of butter.
The next round was a smattering of crudos. I am a huge fan of crudo. Raw fish with hints of different seasonings and plenty of olive oil. Sushi Italian style. They all came out at once. The tuna was my least favorite. Maybe they could add some flavoring or herb to this.
A nice twist on Caesar salad. Large pieces of romaine lettuce topped with an anchovy dressing, sliced of Parmesan cheese and crispy capers. The crispy capers are so simple but changes the whole salad.
This is called Mare salad. Warm poached of octopus, calamari, shrimp and scallops. The fish is perfectly poached with a hint of lemon and olive oil. I'd like to see a little more oomph to the dressing.
We had the Tagliata for two, for three. You don't need much explanation from the picture. Perfectly cooked, serious amount of flavor, just divine. On the side you can pick from a variety of butters and sauces. It was rich enough and we had a small pot of porcini sauce on the side.