Top Truffle Spots in New York City
At first glance the “word” truffle conjures up images of decadent pieces of chocolate, but a slightly more expensive truffle is that of a rare mushroom. Technically speaking, this highly coveted delicacy is categorized as a fungi and the most sought after ones are black truffles from Perigord, France and the white, or Alba truffle from the Umbria and Piedmont regions of Italy. Their unique taste and limited availability result in a rather expensive treat perfect for winter’s most savory dishes found only at the finest restaurants in New York City. The segue from Autumn to Winter is prime White Truffle season, and our neighborhood expert agents know where to go for the best truffles in town; so grab your appetite and see the full list of recommendations below.
Aureole - If you’re looking for an entire evening of truffles, head here for An Evening of Black and White Truffles on November 15th. To celebrate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary they’re preparing a 5-course menu consisting of truffles to please every type of palette, pairing it with everything from fresh yellow fin tuna tartare to a heavenly truffle tortellini with burrata cheese topped with shaved black truffles to a white truffle ice cream and nougat. And of course you can expect an equally as impressive wine pairing for each entree. Find our more info at Charliepalmer.com. One Bryant Park, 135 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036
Juni – Nestled in between Flatiron/Gramercy and NoMad, Shaun Hergatt’s restaurant inside Hotel Chandler is practically still an infant. A little over 2 months old and there isn’t a menu around as anticipated as Juni’s white truffle selections. It features pommes puree topped with homemade gold potato crisps and white truffles, in addition to a beautifully crafted dish of shaved white truffles over salsify agnolotti enhanced even further with parmesan cheese and nutmeg. However, we must admit that we only have eyes for the homemade vanilla ice cream made with truffle oil and smothered in Alba truffle shavings. 12 East 31st St., New York, NY 10016
Le Cirque – Everyone knows truffles prepared in combination with any and every type of carbohydrate is a match made in heaven. Being a traditionalist has never been more enjoyable with their timeless and classic Italian white truffle dishes. Take your pick of Alba truffle shaved over risotto or try them on top of a bed of delicious tagliatelle. 151 East 58th St., New York, NY 10022
Babbo – Have it your way here as the famous Italian enoteca and Greenwich Village neighborhood favorite will add truffles to any dish of your choice. When we heard all the rumors we had to try it for ourselves, and we fully concur that the sunny-side up duck egg with guanciale and white truffles lives up to the hype. And of course when added to any of Babbo’s now infamously amazing pasta dishes like pappardelle with fresh parmigiano, the taste only gets better. The white truffle lunch tasting menu is also the perfect excuse for a midday treat. If you’re looking for a more lax truffle experience head to Babbo's sister restaurant, Otto,and try the white truffle pizza. 110 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10011
Tocqueville – Get it while it lasts as supplies are limited, but if you’re lucky enough to try the homemade gnocchi that’s not too heavy but not too light either (a real goldilocks pleaser) laden in white truffles, and an unintimidating balance of parmesan with chanterelle mushrooms – then you should feel blessed. Another crowd pleasre is shaved white truffles served over cavatellie with cato corner farm-aged comte. 1 East 15th St., New York, NY 10003
Sirio – We admit the Alba truffle has been the star of the list so far, but all is about to change with Sirio’s black truffle risotto. So simple, yet oh so satiating. It’s not quite accurate to describe the entrée as a “no frills” selection when it consists of a heafty price tag worth of truffles, but the ingredients are presented in a straight forward manner for 100% full-flavor. Located inside The Pierre Hotel 795 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Colicchio and Sons – If you crave even more simplicity, you’ll be easily pleased with Colicchio and Sons spaghetti and white truffle dish. For the bolder, sassier truffle purveyor much like us, we recommend the lasagna served with white truffles and coddled eggs for an explosion of flavor. 85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
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