After a while of planning, my friend, Jhiane, and I finally met up for dinner in New York City. We headed to the trendy Soho district for dinner at Novecento. It was a cold and rainy day which explains the raindrops in the picture below.
343 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(Soho) – other locations available
MENU: Novecento Menu
RECOMMENDED TO: Bar Scene, Casual Dining, Couples, Small Groups, Romantic Dining.
Novecento is a very classy, romantic restaurant with great music. This intimate restaurant is an ideal spot for couples (or not) with candles all around in a relatively quiet atmosphere.
As soon as we arrived, I was in need of a yummy cocktail. I went for the Pomegranate Mojito which was well spiked with loads of flavor. Excellent choice.
As complimentary starters we were given bread with a sauce on the side, the sauce was very good, however in the past I remember a different butter-herb combination, I think they changed it.
Jhiane and I ordered Chicken Empanadas as our appetizer. The crust was good, very flaky, however the chicken stuffing was not what I had expected.
I was expecting browned shredded chicken, however this was white meat which lacked the flavor and seasoning I was looking for.
As my entree, I went for the Fish of the Day which was Tilapia, a mild fish flavor. I was kinda hoping they would have salmon, but tilapia is fine too. The fish was really good and soft. It was cooked in a butter lemon sauce with capers – very yummy. The mashed potatoes were good, but they could have been a bit creamier with more salt.
Jhiane’s ordered the Milanesa which was delicious. If you are going to get breaded chicken, this is the place to order it. The chicken was cooked to perfection, however I felt they could have served some kind of sauce on the side so the chicken wouldn’t feel quite as dry.
VERDICT: 4 / 5
Overall, I did really enjoy the food at Novecento, and although the food is above average, I felt as if there was something missing in every dish. My mojito was amazing. Novecento makes a great dining spot for couples or small groups, and I look forward to going back to this intimate restaurant for some more Argentine food.
TELL ME: Have you tried Argentine food? If so, what restaurant do you recommend in Manhattan, or someplace else?