Harlem's Foodie Renaissance
by David Kaufman , 07/31/2012
Duck breast with celery leaf, bing cherries, walnuts & farro. Photo: Evi Abeler
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 646-490-8575
Perched near the top of Frederick Douglass' ever-evolving restaurant row, Lido takes both its name and menu from the fabled Venetian island of the same name. Light and airy—with a brick and light green design scheme—the restaurant's revamped modern Italian menu is dished up by its new chef Serena Bass, caterer and author of Serena, Food & Stories. With a focus on Northern Italian specialties, Lido offers little in terms of "red sauce." Instead, look for stouter fare such as roasted Amish chicken with asparagus and mascarpone polenta, gnocchi with truffle butter, or braised short ribs with potato puree and horseradish gremolata. Menus are seasonally themed and include spring/summer late-night goodies such as cheese and charcuterie plates or finger-food crostini such as salt cod and potato or rock shrimp with sea salt. Arrive for the weekend brunch—a lazy, all-afternoon affair featuring entrées such as the Lido BLT or fusilli with braised wild boar and all-you-can-drink mimosas.