Gothamist Best New Restaurants and Dishes
Mushroom Lasagna at Isabelle's Osteria
Several places have closed, temporarily or otherwise, on this formerly-bustling-with-office-workers stretch of Park Avenue South, but that didn’t stop the owners from flipping the fratty Duke’s Gramercy to a more high-end neighborhood Italian spot, Isabelle’s. The new kitchen is run by James Tracey, formerly of Craft, and the menu here is anchored by a roster of appealing pastas, most notably this crazy rich and earthy Mushroom Lasagna, 15 crisp-baked layers of porcini, spinach, and béchamel, sitting in a pool of taleggio fondut. And don’t miss the Chocolate Budino, studded cranberries and kumquats, for dessert.