Last night (October 23) was the soft opening for the new Maestro’s at the Van Dam. Not only has the kitchen been transformed under the fabulous Chef Danny Petrosino, but the entire restaurant was given a makeover over the course of the past two weeks, and I’ve gotta say – it looks banging.
Maestro’s has been a favorite for many for decades, with a stellar location (353 Broadway), and a killer patio that no other Broadway restaurant can compete with. The one problem I always had with Maestro’s over the years was the consistency in the food.
Don’t get me wrong – I had many great meals there, but I was also unfortunate enough to receive some not-so-stellar meals there as well.
But in my opinion, that’s all going to change now, as the kitchen is under new management by Chef Danny Petrosino (previously of Mio Posto), which includes a brand new menu and some Mio Posto favorites like the Pan Seared Scallops with Blood Orange Panna and Lobster Risotto. Gah just thinking about it makes me hungry.
Some other new menu items include lobster mac and cheese ($28), stuffed brick chicken with prosciutto and grueye ($24), and veal marsala ($26).
The new Maestro’s not only has a new look and feel, but they also have new spaces for dining available as well. With a private room off of the main dining area that seats from 8 guests to 16, this is a great option for small parties. In addition to this, they’ve added a banquet room upstairs that will offer space for larger parties of up to 80, perfect for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and corporate parties.
Tonight is the grand re-opening of Maestro’s, but rumor has it the restaurant is booked through November. Here are some shots I took from last night to give you an idea of what the new space looks like, as well as some samples from the menu! Enjoy –