You have your show tickets, but where to dine? We have a suggested destination that is sure to please you. Scampi, on West 18th Street in the Flatiron District, offers a 3-course pre-theater menu for $ 57 per person that will make your evening shine as bright as the lights of Broadway. The lively restaurant, with its beautiful Italian design, is a short walk from Union Square, close to theaters such as The Joyce on 8th Avenue and a short subway or drive from Broadway theaters. Plan a moment of relaxation before leaving for your show so that you can enjoy your meal. The waiters are friendly, efficient and ready to arrive at the show on time.
The pre-theater menu will exceed your expectations in all respects. When we visited, the choices were extraordinarily tasty and presented with true artistry, a feast for the eyes and the palate. Executive Chef PJ Calapa relies on the finest and freshest produce to craft his menu, so the menu is subject to change. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available upon request.
We started with Antipasti. The cauliflower starter is roasted and served with a Romanesco sauce, almonds and parsley. Other choices included a Little Gem salad with Pecorino cheese, breadcrumbs and red wine dressing, and sea bass seasoned with peppers, pistachio and chives topped with radish.
For Secondi, choose a savory starter like octopus with faro, pancetta, shallots, bomba and salsa verde. Mezzaluna is a delicious ravioli dish. The pasta pockets are filled with tender braised pork topped with a pecorino pomodoro sauce. Mafaldini’s “Scampi” is incomparable. The generous portion of al dente pasta and succulent shrimp is made with butter, garlic and lemon.
Dolci, your third course offers the most appetizing and delicious desserts from pastry chef Laura Sansone. Chocolate lovers will want to order the Budino, chocolate pudding with cocoa nibs, served with hazelnut ice cream. The rich Cassata contains semifreddo, dried apricot, pistachio and chocolate almonds. And there’s a traditional favorite, Cannoli with Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cream.
Scampi is currently offering a winter special with lasagna for two. The white bolognese lasagna is topped with veal and pork stew, mushrooms, fennel, leeks, herbs, ricotta and mozzarella. For $ 58, it will be on the menu until spring. While we visited Scampi for their pre-theater dinner we will surely be back for the regular dinner menu and weekend brunch which features favorite dishes such as “Scampi” Scramble with Eggs, Shrimp, Butter , parsley and garlic bread or their Cannoli French Toast made with brioche bread, cannoli cream and chocolate chips.
The restaurant’s international wine list has been wonderfully prepared to accompany the dishes on Scampi’s menu. Trust your waiter to help you select the perfect wine by the glass or by the bottle. The cocktail menu includes highlights that include the Quemadito with mezcal, pineapple, fresh lime, Calabrian agave and tajin salt; Zenzero with whiskey, honey syrup, ginger and fresh lemon; Ranch Water with tequila, lime, salt and Topo Chico. On Thursdays and Fridays, Scampi invites guests to stop for their aperitif from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. offering a variety of cocktails, wines and beers for under $ 10. Guests will like it Scampi is divided into two distinctive spaces, the bar dining room, naturally delimited by the architecture of the building.
Scampi offers a private dinner room for 40 guests, while the full venue can accommodate 100, or up to 150 standing cocktails. There is an outdoor dining area that seats 20 people. Dinner and brunch have options of family style meals or individually prepared dishes. Scampi has holiday gift cards that make a fun stocking stuffer or corporate holiday gift.
Scampi is located 30 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011. For menus and more information, visit https://www.scampinyc.com/ or call 212.888.2171.
Photo credit: Evan Sung