68 Clinton St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.719251 -73.984737
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Brooklyn Boy meets Top Chef
If you have every watched “Top Chef” on TV and wondered how the dishes the chefs prepare would actually taste, go to Falai. We should have known this was no ordinary place when we saw the expensive menu online and we had trouble getting a reservation on a Tuesday night.
Falai is a narrow storefront almost entirely decorated in white (white, unusual platters and white tables, as well) with clear plastic chairs. There is seating for about twenty, with an open kitchen and bar.
After being treated to baked rolls with unusual flavorings i.e. kale, fennel etc., we were emotionally prepared for our antipasti, POLENTA BIANCA, chicken liver, dried dates, wild mushroom “Vellutata”. A very small dish with plenty of flavor, this is not your grandma’s chopped liver!
A gratis intermezzo of about an ounce of yellow watermelon soup with ginger, and we were on our way. Our next dish was PICI, hand-rolled egg-less pasta, marsala braised wild board ragu, aged herb pecorino, black truffles. Where do they get these ingredients?
Main courses COTOLETTA DI MAIALE, rack of Hampshire pork, lardo-peach-hazlenut financier, artichoke; A pork chop like no other! Probably the best dish was ANATRA, smoked duck breast, leg confit, foie gras bon-bon, broccoli rabe, with fingerling potatoes. The duck was at once greaseless, but still medium rare, a real stand out. How did they do that?
While the portions are small, dessert was, a not so simple. A single scoop of chocolate gelato, while ice cold, it was not icy and tasted like a very intense Mississippi Mud Pie.
Dinner is not cheap at $ 100 for two, without drinks, but the experience and food was worth every penny.
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incredibile!!!!! – iacopo falai e' un genio!!!!
tutti i piatti scelti erano di altissimo livello, curati in ogni piccolo particolare e serviti con una professionalita unita ad una simpatia unica da parte del personale molto attento.
su tutto vorrei segnalare la bufala ricotta flan, i pici e l'anatra.
i dolci tutti.dico tutti!!!!!!!!
Architectural Dining – Iacapo Falai's main restaurant is truly a unique dining experience. We were seated in the outdoor area and proceeded to have a simply fantastic dinner. From the design of the restaurant to the subtle and delightful way the food is built up, you'll really have to see for yourself. Thanks Falai for keeping the dream alive!
Love this place – Been here about 6-7 times now, the first time was when they just opened. Immediately fell in love with the little place with unique food, and excellent service. The latest visit was last week when I had dinner there with my husband: we both loved everything. Yes, as people say below, it is a bit expensive but you get what you pay for. The quality, and presentation, atmosphere, service, TASTE - everything is exactly what a doctor ordered: definitely coming back.
Unique dishes.. too expensive. – Some very unique dishes. I ordered a foie gras appertizer as my main course because there is a "chocolate lollipop" as part of the dish. I liked the dish. Too bad that piece of chocolate is not sweet. My friends enjoyed their dishes a lot too. But I found the portion too small for that price and quality not worthy of that price. Another thing is, I ordered an appertizer as my main, but they served me my "main" first. Then when my friends had their main, they gave me an empty plate. So they assume my friends are going to share with me? I always order appertizer as main, but all other restaurants would serve my appertizer the same time they serve main course to the rest of the table. I found it rude for the restaurant to give me an empty plate and assume we share, without asking. Good that those are good friends so they shared their mains with me. There was a fly buzzing around all night, which was annoying. We were sitting right outside of the washroom but that didnt bother me.
Go here only if you have 4 hours to spend – We had reservations on a wed night at 8 pm. We didn't leave the restaurant until close to midnight. Yep, it took about 2 hours to get our appetizers and another hour or so for the main meal. It was the longest I've ever waited for food. I don't know how they stay in business, since it seems they only have time for one seating a night. The food is good, but definitely NOT worth the wait. The restaurant wasn't even crowded when we were seated. I wonder if it would take as long if we had been the only customers in the restaurant.
Great if you love poor service and hate money – I love Italian food I heard about this place as people recommended its terrific wine list. When we got there, it turned out to be one of the worst nights ever! First, we had reservations and yet ended waiting for half-an-hour. It got to a point where (for the first time) I told them that I was getting too long and we wanted leave. So miraculously they get a table for us and so we decided to give it a chance. The food was small and average, the wine list was great, but what was unacceptable was the service. Our waitress was rude, obnoxious and seemed bored to cater to us. She did not even smile or greet us. Thats fine...if you are getting a pie at Grimadi's pizzeria but not when here and not when you get a bill for over $150 for dinner for two people. Do not go...save your money.
all around great experience – Went to Falai for the first time last night and had a wonderful experience. I cannot say enough good things...
Everything we ate was wonderful, from the different types of homemade bread, to the papparadelle we started with, the entrees, and the amazing dessert. The bleu cheese i had to end the meal was some of the best I've ever tasted and my friend had the deconstructed tiramisu, which was out of this world. On top of all of this, our service was absolutely wonderful. I've worked in restaurants for years and definitely appreciate good service. Everyone who came to our table was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We got to sit in the window seat, which allowed us an elevated view of the room. I can see how sitting in the dining room might be a little cramped, so I'm grateful that we got a great table!
Terrible experience, expensive cold food! – the food was cold - we returned it and it still came back cold . We rang they said they had a table - yet we had to sit at the bar. there were 3 of us the food came out at different times about 10 - 20 mins between each dish -
service was over bearing and yet totally missed the point, i wanted my food hot and on time.
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