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Ai Fiori, Michael White's Second Fall Debut, Now Open

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400 5th Avenue, Midtown
Phone: 212-613-8660
Status: Now Open.

Today marks the debut of Ai Fiori, chef Michael White's second big opening of the fall and his first recent project without his usual partner in crime Chris Cannon. Clocking in at 185 seats, the restaurant occupies the second floor of the new Setai hotel on 5th Avenue and 37th Street, and it is the chef's first foray outside of the Italian realm. Here the focus is the French Riveria with menu items including sweetbreads with dates and Madeira and seared Wagyu with Bordelaise along with White's signature pastas (here gnocchi with sage and porcini ravioli). White has pulled together a crack team of industry vets to run the show from some of the city's best restaurants, a move he was recently criticized for by Drew Nieporent. Chris Jaeckle (a Morimoto and Eleven Madison Park alum) runs the kitchen along with pastry maven Robert Truitt (recently of Nieporent's Corton). Eben Freeman runs the bar, Jean Georges' Hristo Zisovski has control of the wine list, and GM Alfredo Ruiz (Del Posto, Babbo) mans the front of the house.

Not on the below draft menu below but on offer: The White Label Burger, a special custom blend of a few prime cuts of meat, formed into square patties, created by Pat La Frieda. See the rest of menu ahead and send all early reviews to the tipline.
Previous Coverage: Fall Openings Wine Lists, 9/21; Name Games, 7/22; Mindboggling Reveals, 4/29
Further Reading: Official Site; TONY; GS

Per Cominciare
Insalata-­? Italian fall greens, pickled delicata squash, manchefo, aged sherry 14
Tonno -- Big eye tuna cru, fennel, bottarga, tonnato sauce 21
Cappon Magro -- shrimp, seppia, taggia olives, rucola, bergamot oil 22
Bianco e Nero -- diver scallops, celery root, black truffle, bone marrow 23
Ostriche -- Wellfleet oysters, cucumber, caviar, buerre blanc 27
Vellutata -- lobster veloute, shaved chestnuts, black truffle 18
Fegato d'Anitra -- seared foie gras, lardons, lentils, crushed hazelnuts 23
Animelle -- roasted veal sweetbreads, crones, medjoul dates, Madeira 19

La Pasta
Pansotti -- porcini ravioli, prawns, crustracean guazetto, esplette, basil oil 21
Garganelli -- squid ink pasta quills, pigato wine, cream, sturgeon caviar 19
Gnocchi -- sage butter, Boschetto truffle cheese, red wine jus, walnut tocco 18

Pesce
Merluzzo -- Pan roasted cod demi sel, littlneck clams, watercress pesto 29
Salmone -- Wild King Salmon Pave, Dijon mustard, pomme puree, porcini, porto 33
Astice -- Butter poached Nova Scotia lobster, vegetable julienne, sauce Amuericane 39
Branzino -- black bass alla plancha, fennel, tomato confit, Bolubaise Jus 35

Carne
Faraona -- Roasted hen, Mediterranean flavors, lemon-thyme jus 32
Agnello -- Rack of lamb, lamb breasrt crepinette, chard crochetta, sariette 36
Vitello -- Filet of veal, sweetbreads, braised baby romaine, pancetta, gremolata 37
Tagliata -- seared Australian Wagyu, celery root, pearl onions, Bordelaise 43

Ai Fiori

400 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10018 (212) 613-8660 Visit Website

Ai Fiori

400 5th Ave., New York, NY

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