Corvo Bianco, or “white crow” in Italian, has opened at 446 Columbus Avenue, and 81st Street, bringing coastal Italian fare to the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Executive Chef Elizabeth Falkner helms the kitchen, turning out both authentic and inspired takes on Italian cuisine that highlight fresh seafood, bright flavors, and handmade pasta.
An abbreviated bar menu offers inventive Bruschetta and a number of Pizza Griglia and Panini, with a beverage program boasting a 120-bottle wine list curated by Wine Director Enrique Duran. An impressive collection of both international and domestic varietals are poured; 30 of which are priced at $33. Ward III mixologist Michael Neff has created a number of signature cocktails incorporating complex amaros and infusions such as an option featuring Rye, Averna, bitters, and Earl Grey Tea. Corvo Bianco also offers draft and bottled craft beer.
“We wanted to bring the Upper West Side community a glimpse of that downtown vibe,” says Mexican co-owner Luis González Rul. “We hope that Corvo Bianco will cater to families, tourists, older crowds and younger crowds. But first and foremost, we want to be a neighborhood restaurant—a place where everyone feels welcome and at-home,” adds Paulina González Rul, co-owner and image consultant of Corvo Bianco.
The 225-seat restaurant, designed by the Mexican architect Mauricio Zermeño-Bessonart, is housed in what used to be the historic Endicott Hotel. Zermeño aimed to preserve much of the building’s original architecture and integrity, while also incorporating elements reminiscent of Italy’s iconic osterias and terraces. “We wanted something sophisticated-chic, yet cozy and inviting,” says Zermeño. Original brick archways line the perimeter of the main dining room, while a landmarked skylight sends natural sunbeams throughout the 7,000 sq. foot space. A terracotta fireplace to the back of the main dining room anchors the space and complements the potted plants dappled across the walls. For special occasions, a 30-seat private dining room to the side of the main floor is the perfect alcove from the bustling restaurant.
Corvo Bianco is located at 446 Columbus Avenue, and 81st Street, and will be open Sunday through Thursday 5:00pm to 12:30am, and Friday & Saturday 5:00pm to 1:30am.
For more information, please call (212) 595-2624 or visit their page.
Elizabeth Falkner es una aclamada chef, que ha recibido nominaciones al James Beard, así como la mención del Chronicle de San Francisco como Rising Star Chef. Ha participado en varios programas de televisión incluyendo “Top Chef Masters” y escrito dos libros de cocina. Comenta que “en los últimos años me he obsesionado con la cocina italiana” por lo que no es sorpresa que fuera atraída a Corvo Bianco.
Su menú mezcla elementos de la costa italiana con toques americanos, utilizando productos locales y frescos.