This week I review Carbone in my Blooomberg column, awarding 3.5 stars to the high-end red sauce joint in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. It isn’t just one of our city’s best new restaurants, it’s one of Manhattan’s best seafood spots, period.
Carbone’s cuisine is the cuisine I ate while growing up on Long Island, at cheap seafood shacks and affordable Italian-American restaurants. Except Carbone isn’t cheap, or affordable, not by Italian-American standards, and not by New York standards. Dinner for two, after wine, tax and tip, can easily cost $350-$400 for two, almost as much as dinner at Jean-Georges.
RECEPTIONIST: Thank you for calling [redacted] how may I assist you?
SUTTON: Good afternoon, would you be so kind as to let me know what the price might be for the wine pairing on the extended tasting menu offered on Fridays and Saturdays?
RECEPTIONIST: Is this Ryan Sutton?
SUTTON: That's pretty good voice recognition.
RECEPTIONIST: Nah, it's just that you're the only person who would ask a question like that.