Michael White’s Costata to Open in SoHo This Friday

The Altamarea Group’s newest restaurant will be meat-focused
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Chef Michael White, the man behind acclaimed New York restaurants Marea, Osteria Morini, Ai Fiori, and Nicoletta, will be opening his fifth restaurant in New York City, called Costata, on Friday, May 17.

According to a release issued by the chef’s restaurant group, Altamarea, the restaurant will be located at 206 Spring St., near Sixth Avenue, and will be spread out over three floors of a townhouse. The lower two floors will seat 160 people, and the third will be used as a private dining room and can accommodate 60.

Costata is the Italian word for rib-eye, and as that might indicate, the focus here will be on meat. Prime offerings will include a 35-day aged bone-in New York strip, Colorado rack of lamb, and a 35-day aged tomahawk rib-eye. They’ll be available with a variety of sauces (including porcini sugo and cracked pepper pancetta cream) as well as compound butters (black truffle, puttanesca). Also on the menu will be plenty of shareable items like oysters, crudo, and Lobster Cocktail Amatriciana, with chilled lobster, horseradish, tomato, and guanciale. Pastas will be made fresh in-house (like at all of the group’s restaurants), and will include Garganelli alla Fiamma with prosciutto, peas, and truffle cream, and gnocchi with gorgonzola cream, sage, and crushed hazelnuts.

Cocktails will be designed by master mixologist Eben Freeman, and the wine list will have an Italian slant.


Altamarea’s next restaurant, The Butterfly, will be opening this year in Tribeca, and will focus on comfort foods like fried chicken, burgers, and French bread pizza, according to Grub Street