When left alone to their own devices, appetites frequently fall into bad habits, such as tagging stomach walls with graffiti or bullying the helpless pancreas into giving it some pancreatic juice. Keep appetites occupied with today's Groupon to Stecchino in Hell's Kitchen. Choose from one of the two following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of food and drink.
- For $25, you get $50 worth of food and drink for two or more people. If you redeem this Groupon from 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, however, you get $60 worth of food and drink. A minimum of two people must be at the table in order to redeem this voucher.
Stecchino serves up a dinner menu full of fresh, rustic American fare accented with international influences. Professors of anatomy may opt for an appetizer such as Prince Edward Island–mussels ($12) or a half-rack of baby-back ribs ($15), while big-time small-platers can go for the risotto arancini ($7). Pasta dishes include a fresh pappardelle with rabbit ragu ($15), with entrées running the gastronomic gamut from the spiced-seafood stew cioppino ($19) to a New–York strip ($26). Stecchino satisfies sandwichistas with its pulled-pork sliders ($11) and housemade meatball sub ($10), both served with shoestring potatoes. Drop the curtain on dinner with dessert or unwind before giving a speech to the UN General Assembly with a classic cocktail. Stecchino also serves brunch.
Stecchino's interiors of rich wood, exposed brick, and bright lighting add a decadent air to the proceedings, while the friendly staff keeps the evening running smoother than a velvet train coasting on silk rails. A reservation, much like minty-fresh breath, is requested but not required.
Far from his home state of Colorado, vacationing-food-blogger Denveater sampled the culinary delights of Stecchino and walked out with a favorable impression:
- …as a bar & restaurant, Stecchino (which means "toothpick") has a number of things going for it, from rather rococo craft cocktails to a repertoire I'd have liked to sample more thoroughly: chicken liver & wild mushroom crostini, calamari with squid ink–chili butter, pork braciola—a new-to-me variant on the usual beef—etc. As it was, a trio of pastas went down nicely. – Denveater
- The drinks were great! Made with a mixologist’s touch. The food, a nice mix of "hearty" Italian meals. The staff attentive and friendly. The decor of the restaurant is warm and cozy; you wouldn’t think you are in Hell’s Kitchen area. – T.Fair, MenuPages
- It has a really deep warmth to it, from the dark wood decor to the honest attention from the staff, it can't be beat! – Nickolle P., Yelp
Stecchino’s chefs seek out culinary inspiration from every corner of Italy to forge a menu of hearty, rustic Mediterranean cuisine. Their burgers represent a different Italian region according to the combinations of flavors and ingredients found there, including the grass-fed beef of the Piedmonte and the spice-rubbed tuna patty of the Sicilian. Each burger arrives on a freshly baked bun and glazed with a rosemary, paprika, or truffle and basil aioli. Housemade pappardelle pasta and grilled flatbreads also lend distinctive, homespun flavors to the menu.
A rich wooden bar, exposed brickwork, and deep earth tones help add a polished lounge-like atmosphere in the dining area. Fans line the ceiling to circulate cool, fresh air throughout the entire room and pop slowly deflating balloons clustered around the wide beams.
765 9th Ave.
New York, New York 10019