By Lisa Loverro
Pescatore, the Italian mainstay restaurant on Manhattan’s Second Avenue, serves traditional Italian dishes and seafood plates with a touch of their own creativity and flair. In a cozy and inviting environment, the eatery offers consistently delicious and affordable dishes. It’s elegant décor, lit candles throughout, employing a well-informed and refined wait staff, sans any attitude you might find in other Manhattan restaurants. Their wines by the glass (or the bottle) won’t break the bank and the dishes are very moderately priced.
While the restaurant is known for their brunch special ($13.95), serving such classic dishes as a farmer’s omelet and goat cheese frittata to the extravagant bourbon French toast with bananas and walnuts, they also have an extensive dinner menu. The restaurant is the perfect spot to go with a group, as a couple or even for a casual solo dinner. The dinners here are superb; always good and consistent. You can’t go wrong with any of their pastas (our favorite is their signature Linguine Pescatore); their steak, fish and poultry dishes are just as scrumptious. If you are a fan of ordering an entire fish, you must try the whole branzino served with potatoes and broccoli rabe. The wine list, although not extensive, has a very good selection in both the red and white category. As previously mentioned, they serve wine by the glass as well as by the bottle at a price point that won’t leave you sweating. After dinner, be sure to save room for dessert. We suggest the tiramisu or the traditional tartufo.
There’s not one time or day better than the other to enjoy a meal at the restaurant. It is usually crowded most nights, giving credence to their many rave reviews online. One thing is for sure; you will certainly leave Pescatore with your stomach satisfied and your wallet happy. In a city where restaurants come and go, it’s nice to know that Pescatore, along Second Avenue, continues to deliver time after time.
955 2nd Ave New York, NY 10022