New York State Of Mind / Hg2 MUST-EAT

Just when we thought London‘s Polpo and Polpetto couldn’t get any better (it’s safe to say we’re fans – see here), owner Russell Norman has announced the launch of a third restaurant at 61 Rupert Street, Soho. To open next month, Spuntino (which means ‘snack’ in Italian) follows in the small-plates sharing theme of its sister restaurants, but both its menu and design cues are taken from Downtown New York rather than Italy or Venice. Dishes on offer will include homely classics such as mac and cheese, truffled egg toast, shoestring fries, soft-shell crab with Tabasco aioli and meatball sliders; the drinks, meanwhile, will be decadent revived prohibition cocktails such as Sazerac and the Bronx. With room with 25 bums-on-reclaimed-bar-stool-seats, the site has been decked out by Russell himself with a pewter-topped bar, Victorian glazed brick and mosaic walls and tin tiles salvaged from a New York warehouse (sadly, they’re not releasing any photos of the space just yet – trust us, we begged). Says Russell; “I’ve been thrilled by the tremendous excitement that has greeted Polpo. It’s clear that London has an appetite for fun dining. I hope everyone will find Spuntino just as exciting, and maybe a little surprising.” Like Polpo and Polpetto, Spuntino will not take reservations – meaning the tables here will be hot, hot, hot.
SITE: polpo.co.uk
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