The Cooper Square Hotel's New Restaurant Will Serve Sex in a Bowl
New York Restaurant Week officially ends this week, but when one door closes, another opens. Tomorrow, that door is at the Cooper Square Hotel, where Scott Conant's new restaurant, Faustina, makes its debut in the old Table Eight space. We could tell you all about the chic, grey design and the new mirrors and lighting, but in the spirit of "don't bore us, skip to the chorus" we'll get straight to the menu.
Like Conant's Scarpetta restaurant across town, Faustina is Italian. But in addition to the pastas and formaggi, here you can order fried chicken, crispy rock shrimp, and a posh burger. The dish we're most interested in sampling is the tajarin pasta with tomato and sea urchin—but only because Conant described it as "sex in a bowl" in the New York Times.
The vibe at Faustina is meant to be informal, which is reflected in the prices—most plates are between $10–14, and the pastas are around $17. The menu will also be available at the hotel's cafe/bar space, and once the weather warms up, on the outdoor patio.
And if you're looking for an excuse to eat out and not feel guilty, Conant can also help in that department: he told the NYT that he retained most of Table 8's employees, some of whom are Haitian.
[Photo: Eater NY]