I discovered Restaurant Thalia through a mediocre date that quickly turned into awkward, however the food more than made up for it. The spot was stylish yet approachable and friendly with a great ambiance. Thalia was celebrating Restaurant Week so it was a no-brainer for me to order from that menu.
For the appetizer, I ordered the smoked beef carpaccio which is a bit off-track from what I normally order but was pleasantly surprised. It came with a soft poached egg, baby arugula, crispy cannellini beans and red onion. The flavors were exquisite and well meshed. Just the right amount of saltiness, and the egg yolk broke over the ingredients adding a richness to everything.
The main course of herbed gnocci was a carbohydrate delight. The consistency of the gnocchi was perfect, and the basil pesto sauce with manchego cheese was full of flavor. There was also lamb bolognese on top was quite wonderful, which I would’ve liked more of. I do admit, the meal was very heavy and I was only able to finish less than half but that just meant I could savor the rest for lunch the next day.
Dessert was the toughest course for me to choose. I was wavering between the chocolate dulce de leche bar or strawberry trifles with chocolate cake & strawberries. We had to flip a coin for me to actually decide and I was still not confident about it being the right choice. However, I did well to finally ordering the chocolate dulcce de leche bar which was served with vanilla ice cream. This bar was simply delectable, divine, delicious! Sweet, chocolate-y, caramel-y with a thick and melt in your mouth consistency.
If you have the chance, you must try this. Better hope it wasn’t only around for Restaurant Week!
Address: 828 8th Avenue at 50th St.