New York City is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems the majority of New Yorkers just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
Jimmy Bradley (Red Cat, The Harrison) shines a light on Da Umberto, a straightforward Italian classic that has stood the test of time in New York City.
"My place is Da Umberto on 17th between 6th and 7th Avenues. It's old school Italian, great antipasti, large vegetable bar, tip top ingredients in simple, straightforward, delicious preparations. The staff is really kind and knowledgeable, and they have something like 10 seasonal specials each day. It's been around for about 30 or 40 years, and it's run by the father, Umberto, and his son Vittorio. With all the nightly specials, it's impossible to pick a favorite dish because the whole eating experience can be a surprise. There's one dish that's off the menu and that's the Diavola—it's a vinegar and cayenne Cornish Hen. If I don't go with that, I pick something from the specials. I love it because they're just such a classic, pen and paper kind of place with grace, charm and great food."
· Da Umberto [Official Site]
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