Raf’s Resonates…NYC Restaurant Review

New kid on the block.

Raf’s, the brand new offspring of Michelin-starred Muscat Room, makes a definitive opening act impression.

A bakery, breakfast and lunch spot by day, the intimate, charming restaurant is a lovely place to have dinner.

Located on quiet Elizabeth Street in Noho you feel welcome as soon as you enter.

there are a pair of rooms lined with antiqued mirrors painted a warm shade of white. The front room has a comfortable bar which is perfect for dining.

The second room stands next to a white-tiled kitchen that still looks, by contrast, like a throwback bakery.

Flames lick the interior of an oven implanted in the wall, recently converted from coal to wood.

The ceiling depicts fluffy clouds in a pale sky interrupted by tulip-shaded chandeliers.

We sat by the small kitchen which sends out delicious dishes from the bread oven built into Raf’s back wall where almost everything is cooked.

We started with the highly regarded Bread Basket created by pastry chef, baker and owner, Camari Mick.

It consists of a mixed basket combining rustic sourdough, salt-flecked focaccia and shiny round milk buns accompanied by hand-churned butter from the Loire Valley on one side of a small dish. The other side filled with grass-green Sicilian olive oil from the winemaking estate of Arianna Occhipinti.

We asked for more butter as the portion for three is small. We were charged $2 extra and the basket is already overpriced at $14. That’s 2023 ridiculous pricing.

The half dozen Escargot were very good, but we missed the decadent butter and olive oil accoutrement. These were simply prepared. There is a dollop of whipped lardo that just does not register in richness mingling with parsley and garlic in a light olive oil sauce ($24).

The Endive Salad was wonderful with red tardivo, a type of radicchio, scattered with pistachios and grapefruit segments, draped with wisps of dill and planks of ricotta salata. In retrospect, it was our favorite dish of the evening ($21).

The Fluke Crudo was fabulous, dressed with the outstanding olive oil. The basil was a perfect accent ($28).

The Mafaldine Guanciale Sungold was terrific. I had never had that variety of pasta and really enjoyed it. We left off the guanciale and the dish was still very flavorful with sweet Sungold tomatoes and creamy ricotta ($30).

We ordered the highly touted Leeks Vinaigrette with hazelnuts which anppeared appealing, but arrived cold and over salted ($19).

The dessert was a real highlight not to be missed. The Caramelized White Chocolate Budino consists of caramelized white chocolate and made into a dense pudding that is fluffy and undeniably delicious ($13).

Owner and Chef Mary Attea along with her aforementioned partner and baker, Carmani Mick, have whipped up an alluring retreat accentuated with delectable French and Italian cuisine.

RAF’s 290 Elizabeth Street New York City. Bakery 9am-3pm, Breakfast 9-11:30am, Lunch 11:30am-2pm, Dinner 5pm to close. Reservations on Resy.com.

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