Forbes Travel Guide: 4 Stars for Ai Fiori, Costata & Marea

Costata Second Floor Dining Room

 

Chef Michael White, one of New York City’s kings of pasta and head of the Altamarea Group (Marea, Osteria Morini, Ai Fiori, etc.), has made a surprising move in Soho — opening a steakhouse. Of course, Costata is an Italian steakhouse named after the Italian word for "rib-eye," the restaurant’s signature steak-for-two dish.

You can expect all the best elements of Michael White’s cooking here, including rich, decadent pastas and a fresh, bright approach to seafood. Spread over two floors, Costata has a peaceful ground-floor dining room and livelier upstairs space where well-dressed locals sip martinis at the bar while waiting for a linen-draped table. Once seated, the temptation might be to jump straight for the steaks, but don’t skip the crudo — raw selections such as branzino with colatura, baby fennel and radish are a lovely light start to the meal. Divine pastas are recommended as a side dish to steaks — Costata is an Italian-inflected steakhouse, after all — but are equally superb as appetizers, when they aren’t competing with the dry-aged meat for your attention.

Comfortable and elegant, Costata also has an excellent cocktail and wine list — better than it has to be at a steakhouse. Attentive, helpful service is the finishing touch on a satisfying night out in stylish Soho.

 

Also included, the Altamarea Group's Ai Fiori and Marea. Original article here