In NY we have several Cipriani locations and my favorite is Cipriani Downtown. Located in Soho, the restaurant has a more casual vibe than the rest of them and the atmosphere there is electric. The place is always busy so even if you have a reservation be prepared to wait for your table. Don’t worry, though, because you can always sip your Bellini at the bar while waiting.
Cipriani Downtown is often described as a eurotrash spot, and there are a lot of daddy’s kids, but it doesn’t bother me. I love the food, the people watching, and after all, I am a little bit eurotrash myself ;)
The menu is composed of Italian dishes with classic Cipriani ones. Like every restaurant I have my favorites. Their artichoke salad with avocado and shaved parmigiano is a must order dish. I also love their tuna tartare with tuna sauce. Their bresaola, prosciutto and burrata are all imported directly from Italy and fresh, so don’t forget to taste them.
When I go with a big group we always order several appetizers to share, so we can have a bit of everything. And you know The Bon-Vivant Girl is always about sharing her dishes. It is her trick to taste everything.
Once the appetizers are done, I advise you to order one of their pasta dishes. I love tasting a new one every time and on my most recent visit I went for the Bolognese. OMG out of this world, and guess what? I didn’t even share my dish this time! LOL. But if you are less selfish and share your pasta, you will still have room for a main course or dessert... I personally love the Beef Tagliata, or the Veal Piccata al Limone with Rice Pilaf that I replace with spinach.
Whether you go for lunch or dinner you can always be sure to have a great time At Cipriani Downtown. You might even catch a celebrity having dinner right next to you. And if you are not into that, you can always enjoy the various art pieces displayed on the walls.