Treat yourself to a piece. Indulge in any of Luxury Attaché’s Top 5 Luxurious Bread Baskets in NYC to start your dining experience off decadently.
1 Colicchio & Sons
Look no further than Tom's Parker House Rolls for the most memorable amuse-bouche on the NYC restaurant circuit. With the sweetness of Hawaiian bread and the crystallized saltiness typically found in only the most authentic ballpark pretzels, these buttery rolls are out of this world. The secret, (thanks to Saveur Magazine's recipe expose) lies in the inclusion of Barley Malt Syrup, a molasses-like sweeter with just a hint of malty undertone. You can't stop at one, and you won't have to, as the Colicchio & Sons team has come to expect you to ask for seconds, or even fifths.
2 The Dutch
They say never to judge a book by its cover. Well, in this case, if the cover comes served on a wooden cutting board in the form of knock-you-out-of-your-seat cheddar jalepeno cornbread, we're going to have judge in Carmellini's favor. Fit to be served up as a meal in itself, this hearty hunk of homemade cornbread is neither too sweet, nor too corn-pone heavy and instead is perfectly balanced, and made even better by the warm, sweet churned butter served alongside. Thus far, we have yet to find anything at all comparable, or as out of the box, as this opening act.
3 Locanda Verde
This sweet-yet-salty focaccia is a simple yet classic Italian bite that is too delicious to pass up. Ease your taste buds in to what you already know will be a fantastic meal (you are in the hands of Carmellini after all) with this little piece of herb-topped doughy heaven. This focaccia, served without butter and oil (oh so quintessentially Italian) is a strong contender on our Top 5 Luxurious Bread Basket list, as its smooth, decadent texture is unlike any others in the borough. Healthy and grainy? Not necessarily. But indulgent and worth it, absolutely. Go ahead and have another piece, they won’t mind.
4 Il Mulino
This amalgam of kitchen treats is as rich, authentic and memorable as this iconic foodie haven itself. One part fresh, bright and garlicky bruschetta meets one part garlic bread basket--and let's not forget to mention the other bread offerings, all made in house, all equally as tempting. If you're not careful, you can easily fill up before ever even opening the menu. This garlic bread is the real deal, (no garlic butter or dried seasonings here) and is served in small pieces to make it even easier to empty the entire basket without even realizing. Similarly, the bruschetta is a delightful touch of Italian luxury.
This newly opened authentic Italian gem is serving up the most luxurious of bread baskets. While the crunchy, sea-salted breadsticks and slight chewiness of the in-house airy, herb-y focaccia would be more than enough, the Torrisi brothers don't stop there. The true tour de force are the huge hunks of brandy soaked cheddar, surreptitiously carved from the huge wheel on display in the center of the room like a trophy, that find their way onto your plate before your water has even been poured.