A Carb-tastic day in New York City – Gnocco

Sorry, this latest review is a bit late.  I know I had promised three new reviews last week, but life got in the way and I some stellar life changes may be on the horizon.  Time shall tell!  Anyway, I recently caught up with my cousin in New York City.  It had been about six? seven? years since we last saw each other, and I was put to the task to find a restaurant to go to.  Since I’m the food guy now. Anyway, I had an appointment in the East Village that day and so did my cousin, so I was tied to finding a good place to meet in well..the East Village.  After a little searching online, I found a 4.5/5 star restaurant that had an outdoor area and was moderately priced.  This shall be the place to go to!

Located across the street from Tompkins Square Park on Avenue B and East 10th street is Gnocco.  Gnocco’s restaurant is inspired by the cuisine from Northern Italy.  We found a spot on the outdoor patio located in the back of the restaurant.  The roof was open, and it was a beautiful day in New York City.  We were quite hungry, so as soon as we sat down I went ahead and ordered two starters. First, the Gnocco came out which is deep fried dough and was paired with a selection of Italian cold cuts.  Wow.  Thankfully I was planning on walking six miles that day.  This was my first time trying “Gnocco”, and hopefully it won’t be the last.  The dough is light and airy puffs of dough.  Great to dip in the other starter I got, which was Arancini with tomato sauce.  These rice balls were packed with flavor – fried, of course – but well worth it.  They were packed with rice, peas, and parmesan cheese.  Usually, I find Arancini, too cheesy and it just isn’t worth it. But these?  I found myself dogging down three with no problem.

^Gnocco^

For my main course, I went the full ride and got more carbs.  This time, my favorite Italian dish, Homemade Potato Gnocchi.  If you have never had them, they are little dough wrapped balls of potato. Plus, these aren’t fried! The dish was topped off fresh tomato sauce, basil, and mozzarella cheese.  By the end of this plate of food, I was overly stuffed and in a slight food coma.

All in all, the food at Gnocco was delicious.  My cousin said she enjoyed her food as well.  Next time you find yourself in the East Village/Alphabet City area, I would definitely recommend stopping here for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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