Drilled down last Sunday and unearthed a gem of a restaurant.
Massoni is brand spanking new, located in the creatively decked out Arlo NoMad Hotel.
I loved, loved, loved Massoni’s decor, along with the lobby, the entire second floor and the absolutely fabulous views from the rooftop.
Massoni opened three months ago.
The manager is the exceptional Julie who previously reigned at High Street On Hudson before joining the Three Kings Restaurant Group.
The restaurant was quiet early on a Sunday.
We were seated and drank in the very cool surroundings.
The lights, murals, wallpaper were all attention grabbing.
We settled in and ordered a “pie” which Massoni is known for.
The Breakfast Pie was excellent. I am usually all about thin crust, but this was great, the cheese delicious, the egg so fresh and the thick cut bacon flavorful with a sprinkling of srirancha ketchup ($17).
Julie is so lovely. She sent over an amazing smoked salmon toast with dill mascarpone and pickled shallots.
The bread from Brooklyn’s Bien Cuit bakery was memorable, the salmon excellent and the pickled shallots added a perfect highlight along with a hint of citrus.
Other toast offerings include scrambled egg, crumbled bacon and cheddar, avocado, red onion and confit tomatoes, herbed hummus with wilted kale and a 6-minute egg and a fig jam toast with ricotta and prosciutto.
We also ordered the Tuscan Kale with green papaya, mint, peanuts and smoked saba-nouc mam ($15). The flavors were very good, but the salad was overdressed. The server asked if we wanted the salad to go and I declined.
When the bill arrived, they had removed the salad…unnecessary, but thoughtful and very professional.
Making their first foray into Manhattan dining are Chef Dale Talde and his partners, David Massoni and John Bush, all of Three Kings Restaurant Group.
I look forward to returning for dinner and trying the Cacio y Pepe ($23), the brick chicken ($30), a whole steamed orata ($32) along with a litany of pies.
Julie took us on a tour and we were knocked out by the style and playfulness of the decor.
The rooms are on the small side, but the Arlo is reasonably priced and a very appealing place to stay…plus Massoni caters the food for the second floor lounge and The Heights, a seasonal rooftop bar and patio which officially opens for business in the spring.
Put Massoni on your list.
Both the food and surroundings are highly appealing.
Massoni 11 East 31st Street New York City. Located in the Arlo NoMad Hotel. Reservations on OpenTable.com. Breakfast 7-11am daily and until 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5-11pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm to Midnight. Barlo Cocktail Bar on the 2nd floor open 4-pm to Midnight daily.