After wandering the city for a while, it was time to head to Greenwich Village for our dinner at Carbone. I’ve wanted to try this place for a long time and reservations are not easy to obtain.
The restaurant is small and the space is pretty tight. We were seated at a small table in the back right next to the kitchen.
We were first served a bread basket with plain, garlic, and tomato breads. A few slices of salami and a chunk of Parmesan were served too.
We were also given some pickled cauliflower. It was a tasty start to our meal.
We ordered the Casear alla ZZ. The salad was prepared right next to us and it was a pleasure to watch. He asked if we would like anchovies in the salad and we said yes.
The Caesar salad was nothing special. It needed a bit more salt. The croutons looked good, but were not crunchy and a bit difficult to break up. Luckily, this was the only dish that we found disappointing.
The Baked Clams were fabulous. They were done three different ways – the classic oreganata, uni and shallot, and clams casino with lardo.
The Veal Parmesan was good. The breading was nice and crispy topped with just enough tomato sauce to cover the top. It’s pounded fairly thin, but it was tender.
Another popular dish is the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka. The vodka sauce was creamy and delicious. The rigatoni was al dente. For the price, it would have been nice to have a bit more, but it was enough for the two of us.
We enjoyed our entrees, and it was time to choose a dessert. A cart with all four desserts was brought out and shown to us.
A few rainbow cookies were served as well.
The Carrot Cake with creamy icing and candied walnuts was served with ginger ice cream. It was a tasty combination and worked perfectly with the cinnamon spice of the cake.
It was so nice to finally dine at Carbone. Service was good and the food was satisfying. The dishes are simple and they’re pretty expensive for the portions, so I can’t justify coming back unless I was really craving a particular dish.
181 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012