Don’t stop be-leafin. New York City’s outdoor dining has never looked better. This week we transport you to Bottino, an Italian restaurant with a secret garden. At Bottino, expect spectacular ambiance, food, drinks and service. We are excited to share one of the best Italian restaurants in Chelsea with you.
Best Italian Restaurants in Chelsea
Bottino is located in West Chelsea. It’s the perfect location for lunch, dinner and private events, such as weddings, receptions, baby showers, bridal showers and engagements.
Executive Chef and Partner, Jamie Kenyon, is a culinary genius and joined Bottino in spring 2019. He is a native of Manchester, England and began his career at Daniel and Bar Boulud. Afterwards he worked at Manzo in Eataly, launched Perla, served as Executive Sous at Lupa and acted as the Chef de Cuisine for all six restaurants at Eataly.
What to Order to Drink?
Yes way rosé. We started with an Aperitif, the Prosecco Rosé. The sweet bubbly with delicate floral notes was the perfect way to began our meal.
I love it when you call me margarita. Next we sipped on some colorful, delicious cocktails. We tried the Bottino Aperol Pompelmo Spritz, the Frozen Fresh Berry Margarita and the Negroni Antico. Our favorite was the Margarita on the rocks. It was refreshing and the fresh berry was a unique twist on the traditional margarita.
What to Order to Eat?
You want a peach of me? For Antipasti, we recommend the Grilled Peaches with Stracciatella and the Apple and Butter Lettuce Salad with Pomegranate, Walnuts and Stilton Cheese. The Stracciatella was creamy and pairly nicely with the peaches. The salad was light and refreshing.
Think about the pasta-bilites. The Cavatelli Alla Norma combined eggplant, tomato, sweet pepper and ricotta. The Linguine ai Gamberi featured a variety of fresh seafood. We had a slight preference for the Cavatelli All Norma.
Lamb chop it like it’s hot. Our secondi included Grilled Lamb Chops and Branzino. Both were cooked perfectly, but lamb is our favorite meat and lamb chops are our favorite cut.
The bartender sent over a special treat with dessert. It was bright yellow and foamy.
The cocktail was the way to perfect finish to our meal. It paired nicely with the Bread Pudding, Tiramisu and Fruit Tart. The Bittersweet Chocolate Tiramisu was the best Tiramisu we have ever had. We finished every last bite.
Come and spaghett it at Bottino. The garden is beautiful and New York City opens indoor dining at 25% on 9/30. Trust us, this is the best Italian food in Chelsea. With the secret garden, it’s a one of a kind experience. The garden is glowing at golden hour, so snag a sunset reservation.
In Italy, they add work and life to food and wine.Robin Leach