NYC – 11/18/16 – Marta

I enjoy all of the USHG restaurants for different reasons but what they have in common is that they are always solid and safe choices in a very good way.  The pizza at Marta may not have my favorite crust, but it is still very good and I can polish off one by myself quite easily.  I’m glad I didn’t give up on Marta after the early days when the service was almost dreadful.  A for improvement!

insalata di farro – farro piccolo, grilled brussels sprouts, honeycrisp applies, plave vecchio

suppli al telefono – tomato risotto croquettes, mozzarella

capesante – grilled scallops, romanesco cauliflower, pine nuts

funghi – fontina, mozzarella, hen of the woods, chanterelles, red onion, thyme
salsiccia – pork sausage, cremini mushrooms, pecorino

cookie plate

NYC – 7/15/16 – Marta

Marta is yet another great place that I seem to keep forgetting about even though each time I am here I love the food even if service can often be spotty.  As somewhat of an expert on farro salads, this version was absolutely fantastic and is easily a dish that I could eat everyday.  And yes I ate the whole pizza by myself.  Don’t judge.

Insalata di farro – farro piccolo, grilled summer beans, sweet peppers, pecorino

Salsiccia – pork sausage, cremini mushrooms, pecorino

NYC – 3/15/15 – Marta

I am very happy that the service at Marta has improved since my first visit shortly after opening.  As I like a thin, crisp crust this is one of my favorites in NYC.  But my previous experience left so much to be desired that I was very hesitant to return.  I still think there is much room for improvement but at least it is headed in the right direction.

Suppli Alla Terrazza – green risotto croquettes, mozzarella, mixed herbs  Seppioline – grilled baby cuttlefish, potato, calabrese chili
Funghi – fontina, hen of the woods, hedgehogs, red onion, thyme
Anatra – duck confit, fennel, golden raisins, fontina

NYC – 3/7/15 – Pizza Beach and the Seamstress

Pizza Beach

Before having family living (temporarily) on the UES my outings there were few and far between.  Luckily Pizza Beach arrived at the perfect time and in the perfect location.  The servers are extremely patient in the controlled chaos that seems to erupt earlier in the evening when the restaurant is full of children.  And while it is very kid friendly, adults will be quite satisfied with the menu.  I am though very picky about my pizza crust and so my only criticism is that I wish this was crisper.  But all of the toppings were great and we have made a return trip since this date!

Cannelli Bean Hummus – snap pea, radish & fennel crudite 

Meatballs – pomodoro sauce, grana padano

Tuscan Kale Salad

Citrus Salad

Spicy Soppressata Pizza

Speck with Arugula & Fennel Salad Pizza 

Purple Kale & Butternut Squash Pizza 

Lamb Merguez & Oaxaca cheese Pizza 

The Seamstress

Another fantastic addition to the UES and a reason to continue to visit the area after my family eventually leaves.  I’m so glad I found this just barely before all of the media caught on.  Such a great space, fantastic decor and amazing drinks!