Nick & Toni’s Cafe, NYC

After being part of “The Chew” television show audience, we went to lunch at Nick & Toni’s Café in NYC.  It’s located on the same street as the studio, making it very convenient post the show – and only a 3-minute walk.  I found the restaurant on Yelp!

Nick & Toni's Cafe, NYC

Nick & Toni’s Cafe, NYC

The restaurant is an offshoot of the East Hampton, NY parent establishment.  The walls are decorated with beautiful hand-painted frescos.  There’s a wood-burning oven for the lunch menu pizzas.

Upon entering we were immediately seated at a table in the restaurant’s center and were quickly greeted by the wait staff.  The menu is a collection of predominantly Italian food, but you can find a burger and fries.

After some contemplation, I ordered the roasted chicken salad upon recommendation from the waiter.  He mentioned that his favorites are the wood-fired pizzas, the oven-roasted chicken and this salad.  I was not disappointed.  It had shredded, roasted chicken, butternut squash, greens and pomegranate seeds with a lemon vinaigrette.  The portion was a good size.

Roast Chicken Salad - Yum!

Roast Chicken Salad – Yum!

Sue ordered the pollo (chicken) Panini.

Pollo Panini with side salad

Pollo Panini with side salad

Gayle, Katie and Terri opted for the hand-cut pappardelle pasta.  Everyone commented that their meals were very tasty.

Hand-cut Pappardelle

Hand-cut Pappardelle

 

We opted to take a look at the dessert menu.  Why not?! We were on a “treat yourself day” and we knew we had a 2+ mile (about 1 hr.) walk back to Grand Central train station.

The dessert menu had several yummy choices.  We ordered the spiced pumpkin cake, Moscato poached pear and the Tartufo.

Moscato Poached Pear with almond cake and ginger pastry cream

Moscato Poached Pear with almond cake and ginger pastry cream

Each dessert’s presentation was beautiful.

Spiced pumpkin cake

Spiced pumpkin cake with bourbon gelato

I tasted each one.  My favorite was the Tartufo.  I loved the combination of chocolate and hazelnut gelato with the caramel truffle and almond biscotti crumbs.

Tartufo had chocolate & hazelnut gelato with caramel truffle and almond biscotti crumbs

Tartufo had chocolate & hazelnut gelato with caramel truffle and almond biscotti crumbs

It’s a quaint neighborhood restaurant located near Lincoln center, but non-touristy.  Overall, it was a very nice experience.

 

Have you ever eaten at either of Nick & Toni’s restaurants?

What are your favorite restaurants to eat at when you’re in New York City?

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