Seafood pro Dave Pasternack (Esca, Eataly) opens new restaurant Barchetta

Fish-focused Italian trattoria Barchetta serves coastal Mediterranean fare in Chelsea

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Spaghetti with lobster, spring onions and sorrel at Barchetta

Spaghetti with lobster, spring onions and sorrel at Barchetta Photograph: Alice Gao Photography

There’s a reason Dave Pasternack is known as the “fish whisperer”—he captains the seafood counter at Eataly and has helmed Hell’s Kitchen crudo enclave Esca since 2000. Now the pesce pro casts his first restaurant outside of the Bastianich-Batali empire with this sea-to-table trattoria, a collaboration with LDV Hospitality founder John Meadow (American Cut, Scarpetta). True to its name—barchetta is Italian for “little boat”—the 91-seat spot sticks to the Mediterranean coast: fusilli with Atlantic surf clams, roasted octopus with smoked paprika, and house-made spaghetti with lobster, spring onions and sorrel. From the turf, find dishes like a Hampshire bone-in pork chop with rhubarb chutney. More casual than Esca, the restaurant features oak tables, a white marble bar and works from up-and-coming Chelsea artists. 461 W 23rd St at Tenth Ave (212-255-7400)


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Esca has been my # one favorite restaurant for many years now and I also love Dave Pasternack's Il Pesce he runs in Eataly too,  so I have no doubt that Barchetta will also be another favorite restaurant of mine and I Can not wait for it to open!  Good luck Dave!  Frank Lima aka Ronnie

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