The Foodie Magician's signature trick, is guessing people's favorite restaurants. A restaurant that comes up often, especially with the Upper East Side crowd, is the old school Italian joint, Elio's. I stopped in two weeks ago to see what everyone was loving. One step in, and I could feel that old school Italian vibe. Classic. Packed with Upper East Siders chowing down on Italian favorites, would the food live up to the hype? Yes. Elio's is a great old school Italian restaurant, from vibe and service, to the food, it truly is an UES and NYC institution.
Mozzarella di Bufula ($18) with tomatoes and roasted peppers, was solid as can be.
Stuffed mushrooms were tasty.
Spaghetti frutti de mare ($28) was just how you expect it should be in a joint like this. Classic Perfection.
The fish of the day was striped bass, and came with calamari on it, and a white wine sauce. And you know what? It was wonderful.
End with that old school Italian classic Tiramisu, and you'll be one happy diner. It's absolutely superb.
1621 2nd Ave (and 84th St.)
New York, NY 10028