Stella 34 Trattoria

Restaurants , Italian Midtown West
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Stella 34 Trattoria
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Stella 34 Trattoria

It's a little slice of Italy in America's department store—as part of a $400 million, four-year renovation, Macy's historic flagship has transformed its sixth floor into a grand 267-seat Neapolitan trattoria. The retail giant tapped haute toque Jonathan Benno (Lincoln Ristorante, Per Se) to oversee the Italian menu. After browsing racks of Burberry and Louis Vuitton, head to the marble bar for seasonal Bellinis (white peach, dark berry) or an Italian soda cocktail (Limonata, Luxardo cherry), while taking in expansive views of the Empire State Building via floor-to-ceiling windows. Benno's al forne entrées include béchamel-and-black-kale lasagna, caper-spiked sea bass and eggplant Parmesan, all pulled from wood-fired ovens. Sharing space in the fiery hearths are Jarett Appell's pizzas made with meticulously sourced ingredients: the artisanal standards Caputo flour and San Marzano tomatoes. Choose from inventive rounds, like cauliflower puree with Meyer lemon, or brussels sprouts with golden raisins and fontina.

Venue name: Stella 34 Trattoria
Address: 151 W 34th St
New York
Cross street: between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–10pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St–Penn Station; B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th St–Herald Sq
Price: Average entrée: $25. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Adam V

Let me start by saying - way better than I expected for a high-end Italian restaurant located on the sixth floor of Macy's. There are dedicated express elevators, a seating area not on the retail floor, a pretty decent bar and wine list, and bathrooms located in the restaurant area (again, so you don't need to cross the sales floor) - that again, are pretty clean and hygienic. There is a focused menu, with some decent choices, and the food is also pretty good. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience, and pleasantly surprising. This is a place you could get quality Italian, reasonably priced, with nice views of the NYC skyline, and be able to shop at Macy's right before, after or during, your dining experience.