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The Feed first look: Forty2West

Del Posto vet John Di Lemme puts an Italian spin on chophouse fare in midtown.

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Pork chops at Forty2West

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Kale Caesar salad at Forty2West

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Oxtail foie gras at Forty2West

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Ricotta cheesecake at Forty2West

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair


Mario Batali protégé John Di Lemme—who's flexed his culinary muscles at Lupa, Del Posto and Vegas's Enoteca San Marco—retools the old-school New York chophouse with Italian flair. The wood-paneled, bi-level eatery—classically decked out with white tablecloths and round booths—features hearty steakhouse staples like bone-in rib eye, porterhouse and a pork chop paired with charred apple, radicchio and fried pork rind. Along with Italian-tinged fare like crudos and house-made pastas, there's a smattering of lighter eats available at the mahogany bar downstairs. Nosh on cured meats (wild-boar salumi, coppa), oxtail terrine and guanciale-flavored mussels in between sips of Italian craft beer (such as Baladin Nora) and cocktails, like a whiskey-based Paloma (Midleton, Cointreau, pear brandy, grapefruit and lime juice). 42 W 48th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-262-6200)


dave omarra
dave omarra

I was a huge fan of the gem across the street but on my visit to NYC last week I had dinner here. I had the duoble size order of the seafood platter which was fantastic. My wife tried the penn bolaniese which was lovely. The service was fantastic and drinks were served up just the way we like them. I wish well to the old AJ Maxwells owners and staff