Little Park, inside the Smyth hotel in TriBeCa, is Andrew Carmellini’s latest restaurant. And one of my latest enjoyable experiences in Manhattan.
And who is Andrew Carmellini, you’re going to ask me?
Well, he’s an American chef and restaurateur in New York City. He started at the age of 14 in Ohio, and he’s been in the game for twenty years. Among his achievements, he opened Locanda Verde in Robert DeNiro’s Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca as well as The Dutch, a roots-inspired American restaurant. And lately he opened Lafayette in NoHo, a French grand café and bakery.
With an elegant setting made of off-white, beige, and dark wood, Little Park is a medium size restaurant with perfect acoustic. The elegant booths give a structured yet refined look to the restaurant.
In terms of the cooking style, there is a desire to use and combine different tastes and vegetables – the result is very innovative. The dishes are very elegant and tasty. It’s a tapas-style menu with small and not so small dishes to share.
We started with the beetroot tartare with smoked trout roe and the Kohirabi; salad with roasted garlic and pomegranate. Both were absolutely delicious.
The green spaghetti with walnut, fennel, and ricotta led to a very interesting and succulent result. The plate was almost clean when the server came to clear the table.
We ended with the scallops with polenta, chanterelle, and butternut squash, and the long island duck with turnips and concord grapes. It was excellent and the duck was cooked to perfection. All the ingredients and seasoning were very well balanced. It was delightful. The only thing you want to do at that specific moment is to eat them!
As for the dessert, the panna cotta with chocolate; unfortunately too many chocolate shavings for my liking. I’m sure Chef Carmellini can come up with something much more challenging and sophisticated for our taste buds!
Overall, the dishes were very elegant and had a subtle flavor.
Little Park, the new place to be! For friends to meet or family to gather, it’s also a good place for more romantic dinner.
Smyth Hotel, 85 W Broadway