Classic Meets Modern at Marco Polo Ristorante

Carroll Gardens is a strange neighborhood for Manhattanites: the blocks packed with residences and a few businesses, many of which close before 10pm, feels more suburban than New York, but for those willing to make the trek (or perhaps just walk over from bustling Brooklyn neighborhoods), Carroll Gardens is home to many culinary gems.

Marco Polo Ristorante opened in 1983, serving upscale Italian cuisine, from seafood to fresh pastas, in a formal dining room decked out with white tableclothes, a full-size wooden bar, and a piano.

Edible Escape: a Night of Multi-Cultural Cuisine

The Setting

Global Cuisine, Local Food

Pretty much everything at the Escape was delicious, but some of the local dishes struck us as particularly outstanding. East Villiage seasonal resturaunt and wine bar Edi and the Wolf explored the flavors of fall and the cuisine of Austria with their Fried Goat Cheese Dumplings ( served with Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Chutney and Pumpkinseed Pesto), while Marco Polo Ristorante did the same through an Italian culinary lens with Ravioli D'Anatra, a housemade Duck, Porcini and Smoked Mozzerela Ravioli topped with a creamy Buttermilk Pumpkin Sauce. The pumpkin theme was carried along elegantly by vegetarian haven The Splendid Spoon, whose Pumpkin Apple Soup paired Glebocki Farms Roasted Pumpkin and Red Jacket Orchards Apples with Saigon Cinnamon, Rosemary and Spicy Chiles. Our favorite local interpretation of global cuisine, though, was served up by Ofrenda. Their dish, the Arepa de Pato (Grilled Corn Cake with Duck Confit and a Rocoto Glaze, served with Scallion Fig Cilantro Salad and Toasted Peruvian Corn with Chili Piquin Dust) was a symphony of flavor that payed tribute to traditional Latin food while innovating creatively on the classics. Though it had formidble competition, the Arepa de Pato stood out even among the best local dishes.

Eggscelent Dining Options for Easter

Nobody likes to cook a giant Easter meal, so head out on the town and have one of New York City's amazing chefs whip you and your family up something divine. We've got the best Easter specials and meals below for you to choose from. Happy Holidays!

On Easter Sunday, Marco Polo Ristorante will feature a prix fixe menu comprised of traditional Italian dishes and contemporary interpretations. Standouts from the menu include Tortellini in Brodo and Schiaffoni con Ragu D'Agnello. The restaurant will accommodate seatings at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm. Please call for reservations.

Where to Feast on Christmas Eve

Cooking for the holidays can be stressful, especially on Christmas Eve. The best bet is to throw in that apron and have someone else do the work for you. Take the pressure off with one of these amazing prix fixe deals in the city.

Spice Market is offering two prix fixe menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Both menus are priced at $55, with dishes such as shrimp tod mon pla, soy cured salmon and lobster tail and pineapple sticky buns. Colicchio & Sons is offering a four course ($135) and seven course ($225) prix fixe dinner in the main dining room, as well as the Tap Room. Highpoint Bistro & Bar offers guests a festive three course menu for just $44 ($19 for children) from 4-9pm.