Best New Restaurant, Strip

Best New Restaurant, Strip


CarboneAnthony Mair

Upon its October 2015 debut in Aria, devotees of Manhattan’s buzzed-about Carbone rejoiced. Now, a year later, the restaurant has earned an entire legion of new fans who crave big dining action—and by that we mean decadent Italian-American classics such as seafood cocktail, meatballs in red sauce, spicy rigatoni vodka, plump lobster ravioli and an epic veal Parmesan—set in a dining room that is an experience unto itself. The romance of Carbone washes over one from the first step inside the doors, inspired by the tone, the staff and the aesthetic. Like something from a movie set, the eye is drawn instantly to a cascading Murano glass chandelier, sourced by designer Ken Fulk, from a decommissioned 1960s Ferrari showroom back East. Echoing that mid-century vibe, soul, Motown and doo-wop music provide the soundtrack while whole branzino is carved tableside and marble carts roam the space. And for the encore, pick from a dessert trolley filled with elaborate Italian confections and another with rums from around the world. Chef Mario Carbone’s eponymous restaurant isn’t just a dinner reservation—it is an evening to remember with you as the star. In Aria,

2016 Dining Awards