Obikà Mozzarella Bar

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Obikà Mozzarella Bar
Obika Mozzarella Bar

Nestled in a corner of a tree-filled atrium is this cheese bar, the first stateside branch of a Roman chain. The fresh formaggi are treated with a reverence typical of sushi spots: A tasting of three, made exclusively from rich water-buffalo milk, included the “Paestum,” a silken ball with smooth skin coating a soft, juicy center. Perhaps the greatest of the curds was the stracciatella, a thick mixture of shredded cow’s-milk mozzarella bathed in cream. Unfortunately, Obikà’s fixings—stale bread, unrefined sides—fall short. Stick to the stellar dairy, which includes desserts like whipped ricotta with orange zest and honey.

Venue name: Obikà Mozzarella Bar
Address: 590 Madison Ave
New York
Cross street: at 56th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–6pm; Sat, Sun 9am–6pm
Transport: Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St
Price: Average small plate: $12. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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