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Where to Eat White Truffles in NYC Right Now

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122012_10_hasmaps.jpegWhite truffle season is finally upon us. Those funky, absurdly expensive fungi have been plucked from the rich Italian soil, packed up, and shipped to some of the best restaurants in the city. They're still fairly hard to find in New York right now, and Eater hears that there's some gouging going on in the truffle trade, with large specimens selling for as much as $3,450 a pound. But if you're willing to pay the price, they are delicious, especially when served with butter, cheese, and noodles. Here's a guide to the New York restaurants that have started serving white truffles:

Note: Because it's so early in the season, it's always a good idea to call ahead to make sure that truffles are currently in the kitchen. They should be widely available by the first week of November.

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Babbo started serving white truffles last weekend, and the restaurant will continue to do so until each and every precious mushroom is plucked from the Alban countryside. Last night, the restaurant offered a sunnyside up duck egg with pancetta and white truffles ($80), and pappardelle with truffles and parmigiano ($120). Also, Babbo is now offering a mysterious white truffle tasting menu for $300.

Restaurant Marc Forgione

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Marc Forgione was one of the first chefs in NYC to get those precious white truffles (see the photo here). Now he's shaving them over his crispy chicken under a brick, which is absolutely one of New York's epic chicken dishes. Eater hears that Forgione is also planning a five-course truffle menu which will launch in a few weeks.

Le Cirque

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Sirio is making it rain truffle flakes right now. You can get a thick pile of the white stuff over pasta or risotto for $130 a plate. Pro tip: If you want both truffles and the Maccioni experience at a slightly more relaxed price, sister establishment Circo is selling similar truffle dishes for just $120 a pop.

Del Posto

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Del Posto has not started serving its "truffle menu" yet but Mark Ladner and his team have begun using them in a few dishes. Last week, the restaurant offered white truffles shaved over veal agnolotti with parsnips, espresso, and Grana Padano.

Tocqueville Restaurant

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Just like last year, Tocqueville is offering a plate of homemade potato gnocchi with Parmesan, chanterelles, and white truffles. The menu changes frequently, but the restaurant will always have at least one truffle dish through the end of the season.

Bar Masa

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The fall menu (PDF) at Masa Takayama's somewhat casual counterpart to Masa includes a Vicotoria beef tataki with white truffles ($120), white truffle rice ($120), and a pasta with white truffles ($68).

Colicchio & Sons

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The truffles have arrived at Tom Colicchio's Chelsea restaurant. The most recent menu includes a gnocchi with white truffles for $72.

dell' anima

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This weekend, Dell'Anima was serving a pasta dish made with five grams of white truffles for $85. The restaurant sold out of the truffles, but they will be getting a new batch shortly. Also, when the shipment comes in, guests will be able to order three grams of white truffles shaved over anything for $55.

This absurdly expensive Italian restaurant already blasted through its first shipment of truffles, but a host tells Eater that they will be getting more of those fancy fungi from Italy this week. Nello offers several different truffle dishes, but the one to get (if money is no object) is the fresh tagliolini with butter and white truffles.

Angolo Soho

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This new Soho Italian restaurant is offering egg yolk noodles from Piedmont topped with butter, Parmigiano, a fresh farm egg, and white truffle. Angolo is serving this at market price ($80 - $100).

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Babbo

Babbo started serving white truffles last weekend, and the restaurant will continue to do so until each and every precious mushroom is plucked from the Alban countryside. Last night, the restaurant offered a sunnyside up duck egg with pancetta and white truffles ($80), and pappardelle with truffles and parmigiano ($120). Also, Babbo is now offering a mysterious white truffle tasting menu for $300.

Restaurant Marc Forgione

Marc Forgione was one of the first chefs in NYC to get those precious white truffles (see the photo here). Now he's shaving them over his crispy chicken under a brick, which is absolutely one of New York's epic chicken dishes. Eater hears that Forgione is also planning a five-course truffle menu which will launch in a few weeks.

Le Cirque

Sirio is making it rain truffle flakes right now. You can get a thick pile of the white stuff over pasta or risotto for $130 a plate. Pro tip: If you want both truffles and the Maccioni experience at a slightly more relaxed price, sister establishment Circo is selling similar truffle dishes for just $120 a pop.

Del Posto

Del Posto has not started serving its "truffle menu" yet but Mark Ladner and his team have begun using them in a few dishes. Last week, the restaurant offered white truffles shaved over veal agnolotti with parsnips, espresso, and Grana Padano.

Tocqueville Restaurant

Just like last year, Tocqueville is offering a plate of homemade potato gnocchi with Parmesan, chanterelles, and white truffles. The menu changes frequently, but the restaurant will always have at least one truffle dish through the end of the season.

Bar Masa

The fall menu (PDF) at Masa Takayama's somewhat casual counterpart to Masa includes a Vicotoria beef tataki with white truffles ($120), white truffle rice ($120), and a pasta with white truffles ($68).

Colicchio & Sons

The truffles have arrived at Tom Colicchio's Chelsea restaurant. The most recent menu includes a gnocchi with white truffles for $72.

dell' anima

This weekend, Dell'Anima was serving a pasta dish made with five grams of white truffles for $85. The restaurant sold out of the truffles, but they will be getting a new batch shortly. Also, when the shipment comes in, guests will be able to order three grams of white truffles shaved over anything for $55.

Nello

This absurdly expensive Italian restaurant already blasted through its first shipment of truffles, but a host tells Eater that they will be getting more of those fancy fungi from Italy this week. Nello offers several different truffle dishes, but the one to get (if money is no object) is the fresh tagliolini with butter and white truffles.

Angolo Soho

This new Soho Italian restaurant is offering egg yolk noodles from Piedmont topped with butter, Parmigiano, a fresh farm egg, and white truffle. Angolo is serving this at market price ($80 - $100).

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