From Our Editors
Ai Fiori: A User’s Guide
Michelin Starred | Italian-French Steak and Seafood | Tasting Menu | 300+ Wines | Contemporary Dining Room
- First course: lobster soup with black truffles
- Second course: pork-shoulder ravioli
- Third course: monkfish with a ragu of clams
- Fourth course: tartaletta with dark chocolate, anise cream, grapefruit, and hazelnut gelato
While You’re Waiting
- Ai Fiori is located in the Langham Place Hotel, so see if there are any unattended housekeeping carts with a container full of pillow mints to pilfer while you're waiting for your table.
- If you come across Executive Chef PJ Calapa, ask if he's upset that Chef-owner Michael White's home state of Wisconsin is well represented on the menu (ingredients include Wisconsin-produced bacon, cheese, and butter), but his native Texas is not.
- If you’re in the mood for a gourmet burger, head in during lunchtime to order the 8-ounce White Label burger, whose aged beef "has a distinctiveness and flavor that is unmistakable," according to Serious Eats.
- Don’t skimp on the vino. The award-winning Advanced Sommelier Hristo Zisovski curates an extensive 40-page wine list filled with carefully chosen vintages from across the flavor spectrum. Of course, diners can also bring in their own bottle—as long as it's not already on Ai Fiori's wine list—for $60.
- "The restaurant is understated in its design, yet sleek and comfortable. The focus, therefore, is what’s on the plate. " – Gayot
- "The space exudes class and finesse, right down to the plate. Each skillfully prepared and delicious bite honors the repute of Chef Michael White." – Michelin Guide
- "The dinner menu is a soulful amalgamation of French technique and Italian passion, executed with great skill. It turns an Italian lens on haute French cooking to reveal French food as it might be cooked in Como for a table of aristocrats." – New York Times
While You’re in the Neighborhood
For the Bookworm: Stop by the Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue) to check out the only surviving copy of John Milton's Paradise Lost.
For the Theater-Goer: Catch a contemporary play at the Horizon Theater Rep (117 E. 37th Street).
For the Jazz Lover: Sip after-dinner drinks while enjoying live performances at The Kitano (66 Park Avenue).