May 6, 2015
Little Italy is one of my favorite areas in the city when it comes to eating good food at a reasonable price. Normally, all of the restaurants located on Mulberry Street are pretty similar, so it doesn’t really matter which ones you go to. But, the last time I ventured downtown, I went to Gelso & Grand for an innovative take on classic Itlaian dishes.
Gelso means “Mulberry” in Italian, so the restaurant is located exactly where you think it would be: on Gelso & Grand.
Having a more modern and upscale feel to it than other restaurants on the block, it’s the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some handmade cocktails.
For an appetizer, we started off with the Ricotta Bruschetta; two pieces of toasted bread topped with fresh local honey and sheep’s milk ricotta. It was maybe more of a crostini than a bruschetta, but either way it was incredible. I only wish it came with more than two pieces. We also ordered a large portion of the Brussel Sprouts, you know, to balance out all the cheese. (Even though the Brussel sprouts were served with fresh grated cheese on top :)
When it came time to order our entrée, I had my eye on the Brown Butter Gnocchi. It’s been forever since I had gnocchi and I was excited to try something a little different. The potato gnocchi was served with braised lamb shoulder and toasted hazelnut.
I was also lucky enough to try the Lasagna al Forno: a traditional lasagna with some eggplant thrown in.
I highly recommend anyone who loves good Italian food to try this local gem in the heart of Little Italy. There is outside seating – which can be finally used – and they have an excellent brunch menu featuring an Artisanal Cheese Plate!