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Restaurant/Bar Chronicles: Medici 21

Last week, I went to the opening celebration of a new Italian restaurant that open in the Financial District called, Medici 21.  Lead by executive Chef Allen Dann, the new upscale restaurant is prime!  With two floors, full open bar and great décor, this can definitely be your new date night spot.  I loved how spacious the restaurant was (not common in NYC).  I didn’t feel like I was sitting on top of anyone and I could not really hear the table next to me conversation.  I personally see this restaurant as the place you meet with friends, colleagues, or your partner to have a nice dinner during the week.  Since the area is pretty quiet at night, it is easy to get a cab, you won’t be swarmed by tons of people on the street, etc.  I don’t know if I would come her on a Friday or Saturday, only because there isn’t much to do at night in the area.  Maybe, go to a quiet bar in the area.  It really depends on your scene.

The food was great, more meats instead of the cliché pastas that most Italian restaurants have.  This place is more about meats, sauces, and pairings.  Every item we tried, came with a different wine pairing, my favorite being the “Trivento” wine.  Looking at the menu, the prices seemed reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber ($25-$40).  Here is what I got to try that night.

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  • Long Island Oysters – I loved them, but I find oysters are one of those you either love or dislike.
  • Artisanal Greens, gorgonzola, pignolia, caramelized pumpkin, tomato vinaigrette – This was a decent salad! I am not the biggest fan of vinaigrette, so I had without.
  • Beef Carpaccio, grass fed beef, Italian white truffles, parmesan – This was interesting.  I have never had it before so I didn’t know what to expect.  For some reason I thought it was going to be a warm dish, but it was cold.  It was not bad, but I cannot say I will order it again.
  • Wild Boar Ragus, hand cut pappardelle – One of my favorite dish of the night. It was a little soupy, but still very delicious.
  • Atlantic Halibut, parsnip Puree, Tuscan Kale – This was my other favorite dish. The Halibut was cooked just right!  It was very fresh and great.  I wanted to ask for another, but I composed myself.
  • Seasonal fruit zabaglione – This was a fresh desert. Great way to end a good meal.

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Overall, I would definitely be back and recommended this place to anyone.  I loved the atmosphere, the food was great, staff were friendly, and the wine was yummy.  What wouldn’t you love??

Location: 21 Rector St, New York, NY 10006
Type of Food: Italian
Price Range: $$$ of 5
Atmosphere: ♦♦♦♦♦ of 5

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