by anna ben yehuda | October 30, 2013 | Food & Drink
Although adding truffle to a dish seems to be the most popular choice, A Voce takes a creative step forward and offers diners a tartufo cocktail ($33). The drink, comprised of Mitcher’s 10 year bourbon, truffle-infused vermouth, truffle honey, and bourbon black truffle, can be ordered at both locations.
On a different note, A Voce Madison is launching a truffle plank, selling whole truffles and storing them for guests until their next visit. What else can a truffle lover ask for? A Voce Madison, 41 Madison Ave., 212-545-8555; A Voce Columbus 10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-2523
The renowned Italian eatery will add truffles to any dish of your choosing. If looking for something off the menu, order the duck egg sunny-side up with guanciale and white truffles ($80) or the pappardelle with white truffles and parmigiano. 110 Waverly Pl., 212-777-0303
The popular eatery offers an entire menu dedicated to truffles. Enjoy appetizers (white bruschetta), main dishes (black sea bass en “papilotte,” wild Scottish partridge), and dessert, all designed around the rarity. Our suggestion? The 62.7 degree farm egg with potato gnocchi and Parmesan tuile (pictured, $76). 111 East 22nd St., 212-995-8500
If having to choose a single truffle dish throughout the entire season, we suggest the truffle pizza. This midtown eatery offers the perfect option for $44. 310 West 38th St., 212-736-3000
Colicchio and Sons
We tend to lean towards the side of simplicity when dealing with truffles, and Colicchio and Sons’ spaghetti and white truffle dish ($85) is just what we’re looking for. 85 10th Ave., 212-400-6699
A must-try: tajarin alla carbonara with speck, egg, black pepper, scallions, pecorino, and 4 grams of white truffles ($80). 38 8th Ave., 212-366-6633
Arguably one of the simplest but most creative dishes on the list, Juni’s pommes puree topped with gold potato crisps and white truffles ($90) truly highlights the power, and taste, of the rare specialty. 12 East 31st St., 212-995-8599
Pasta lends itself to the use of truffles. For some of the best tagliatelle around town, head to Le Cirque and order the Alba white truffles with tagliatelle. If in the mood for something different, but still needing a kick of the rarity, add the specialty to any dish for $120. One Beacon Court, 151 East 58th St., 212-644-0202
Nestled in Tribeca, the Iron Chef-owned restaurant uses truffles “on anything.” The most popular dishes? The Franco Bullo pasta with porcinis (pictured, $23), the “egg in a jar,” and the “chicken under a brick.” 134 Reade St., 212-941-9401
A simple yet decadent dish by chef Jesse Schenker: fresh cut spaghetti with butter, Parmesan, and 4 grams of fresh white truffle ($60). 328 West 12th St., 212-414-3000
The uptown restaurant offers a delicious black truffle risotto for $55, also available with Alba white truffles ($150). Not a rice lover? Order the same dish, but with pasta, for a delectable Italian experience. 795 5th Ave., 212-940-8195
Although truffle can be shaved on almost anything, we are partial to Tocqueville’s house made cavatelli with cato corner farm-aged comte and shaved white truffles ($80 for the appetizer, $120 for the entrée). Other offerings include the house-made potato gnocchi with Parmesan, the chanterelles and white truffle, and the white truffle risotto (all at the same price point). 1 East 15th St., 212-647-1515
Truffle-mania has begun. As fall slowly gives way to winter, restaurants begin serving the aromatic truffle, a rare and particularly grown tuber. Although hundreds of varieties exist, the most expensive and sought-after varietals are the black truffle of Perigord in France and the white truffles of Umbria and Piedmont (also known as the Alba truffle) in Italy.
Here, 12 lauded restaurants offering the prized mushroom—while supplies last.
photgraphy courtesy of kelly campbell (babbo)