57 West 57th Street, New York
Status: Certified Open
Quality Italian, the Italian-American spinoff of Michael Stillman's Quality Meats, opened last night in Midtown. The new restaurant is just a block away from its sister steakhouse, and the interior from AvroKO sticks to the same "old-world butcher shop" aesthetic. The restaurant occupies a sprawling two-story space. The Standing Room, a bar and shop on the ground floor, opens to the street through a garage door, and offers cocktails and bar snacks, plus coffee and a few homemade goods for sale during the day. The upstairs dining room seats 200 people, and it includes two separate rooms for private events.
The menu at Quality Italian, from Quality Meats vet Scott Tacinelli, features "modern day adaptations" of Italian-American standards. Options include steaks, baked clams, lobster diavolo-vodka, and a Carbone-esque, pizza-sized chicken parm for two. A separate menu for the Standing Room has bar snacks, small sandwiches like a lobster roll, and gelato cakes. Stay tuned for pictures of the space, and take a look at both menus, along with the restaurant's lengthy wine list, below.
Previous Coverage: Coming Attractions; Spring Tracking
Further Reading: NYT, 09/25; GrubStreet; NYT, 07/30; Thrillist, 07/30