“Fungus is Among Us” at Hotspots Including Newcomer Italian Steakhouse Il Mulino Prime, Upscale Mexican Restaurant Toloache, New Mexican Destination Tacuba, Mediterranean Favorite TESSA, New York’s favorite omakase restaurant Sushi Nakazawa, AND sleek Tribeca Restaurant Marc Forgione. OH MY! We’ll take delicate white truffle snow over regular snow any day!
Since a harvest of white truffles has sprouted early this year and chefs around Manhattan are shaving, sprinkling and infusing up a delicious frenzy. Here is a list of can’t-miss white truffle dishes with an Italian, French, Seafood, Steakhouse and Mexican point of view:
Il Mulino Prime, which opened in June as the first steakhouse in the Il Mulino restaurant group’s roster, imports white truffles straight from Alba to enhance a number of Executive Chef Michele Mazza’s modern Italian dishes. Located in the center of NYC’s fashionable SoHo neighborhood, and already touted as a celebrity hotspot and people-watching destination, guests can enjoy steaks with a scene and indulge in Grilled Asparagus with a fried egg, cracked pepper and white truffles, or off-the-menu highlights including Porcini Mushroom Ravioli or fresh Trenette with white truffle shavings served in a cream sauce. Of course white truffles have been known to top signature dishes like a juicy Grass Fed Prime Filet Mignon, the Veal Chop Parmigiana and Roasted Branzino by request. 331 W. Broadway, 212-226-0020, www.ilmulino.com
Celebrity chef Marc Forgione never ceases to amaze by offering delicate white truffles to his crème fraiche ravioli with potato brown butter and panchetta. He doesn’t stop there, diners can enjoy his signature Chicken Under a Brick dish with decadent white truffles available at Restaurant Marc Forgione. Nothing is ordinary at this sleek Tribeca restaurant! 134 Reade St., 212-941-9401
With fifteen years in the industry and seven successful New York City restaurants under his belt, Mexican chef-restaurateur extraordinaire Julian Medina brings Urbani white truffles to his upscale Mexican concepts with a specialty menu item. From now until the end of November, diners at all Toloache locations. 50th Street, 82nd Street & Thompson Street, www.toloachenyc.com
Chef Medina’s newest Mexican cantina in Astoria, Tacuba can order Tacos de Pescado y Trufas, a chipotle glazed halibut tucked into a homemade corn tortilla and topped with a jicama-American caviar slaw and white truffle shavings (2 tacos per order, $30). Consider this limited-edition dish a sneak peek to Medina’s five-course white truffle tasting event set to take place in December at all Toloache locations. 35-01 36th Street, 718-786-2727, www.tacubanyc.com
Rounding out the regional white truffle eats is Upper West Side Mediterranean hotspot TESSA, whose new Fall menu stars a variety of white truffle dishes to savor. Executive Chef Cedric Tovar uses only the best white truffles from Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy and the stand out creation is a White Truffle Linguini featuring homemade pasta with a white truffle infused cream emulsion and shaved white truffles ($35 or MA). 349 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-390-1974, www.tessanyc.com
Sushi Nakazawa’s omakase has taken New York dining by storm with an intimate setting and the freshest seafood around. While a majority of the dishes are noteworthy, including their signature uni, the extra white truffle shavings adds a layer of decadence for a mouthful of briny and rich flavor. 23 Commerce St., 212-924-2212