Now that you know what you're getting yourself into, it's time to get out there and enjoy the season's most decadent food enhancer: the truffle. This season's bounty far exceeds last year's small harvest, meaning there are a multitude of restaurants offering dishes of all flavors and price points featuring the fragrant fungi.
To experience a truffle umami bomb look no further than B&B, where chef Josh Capon truly gilds the lilly with his white truffle burger ($56): a juicy patty comes topped with gooey Robiola cheese, a thick slathering of truffle aioli and then a heavy shaving of white truffles. The restaurant also offers shaved white truffles atop their steak tartare, raviolo with a soft egg and spinach and ricotta & homemade gnocchi with mushrooms for an additional supplement.
The Batali empire wouldn't ever miss out on the season and the chef offers a number of delicious dishes at his restaurants. Over at Del Posto, white truffles come atop the beef Carne Gruda, Ricotta Gnudi and Luna Piena. At Babbo, white truffle shavings can be supplemented on any dish or you can find them in the Duck Egg Sunny-Side Up ($80) with Guanciale and White Truffles or the Pappardelle ($120) with White Truffles and Parmigiano. Finally, you can order up a decadent White Truffle Pizza at Otto.
Chef Jesse Schenker of Recette keeps things simple, shaving 4 grams of fresh white truffles atop Fresh Cut Spaghetti with butter and parmesan for $60. This decadent offering rings in lower than lots of other options around town, so it's a great bet for first timers or the budget-conscious.
At his newly opened restaurant Juni, chef Shaun Hergatt dishes out a creamy Pommes Puree with gold potato crisps and Black Salsify Agnolotto in a parmesan cream sauce both topped with shaved white truffles for $90.
A Voce Columbus' unaffected Italian fare meshes perfectly with truffles, which are best when left as close to their natural state as possible. For $85 you can get a generous shaving of white truffles atop on any of the dishes, but the chef recommends either the Fettucine with butter and cracked pepper, a side of creamy polenta ($9) or any of the restaurant's steaks.
The risotto with shaved black truffles at Sirio.
Sirio, the tranquil mod restaurant in the luxuriant Pierre Hotel, has a new fall menu from their new talented new Executive Chef, Massimo Bebber. This place is not cheap, but it's about what you'd expect to find in the rarefied stratosphere of Fifth Avenue across the street from Central Park. Bebber recently invited Gothamist to a press preview of his new fall menu, and we were particularly impressed with the Capesante con Funghi: Seared Maine sea scallops, chanterelles purée, roasted wild mushrooms, black truffle sauce. Obviously that's a fresh & real black truffle sauce, not some ersatz truffle oil simulacrum, which, for $39, it better be. The sauce is a rich but not overpowering compliment to the scallops, which are fat and fresh and succulent.
There is also a deliciously smooth Saffron Risotto with shrimp, spinach, green Peas, and tomato concassée—if your sugar daddy or rich uncle happens to be feeling flush, Chef Bebber will emerge from the kitchen and personally shave white truffles on top to the tune of $150. Yes, $150 is the total price for the dish with the white truffle shavings, but if you want to slum it with black truffles it's just $55! Please note the "Madness" in the headline of this post and decide how craaaaazy you or your benefactors really are.
Meanwhile, Laurent Tourondel's UES hybrid sushi and steakhouse Arlington Club shaves up truffles tableside atop his Truffled Cauliflower & Fontina Pot Pie ($75). Servers crack the puff pastry dome and shave the white truffles into the steaming insides to gently warm through.
Rouge Tomate'sbeautifully designed dining space is second only to their beautifully crafted and delicious food, especially when it's topped with freshly shaved truffles. This season the UES restaurant offers Cow's Milk Ricotta Gnudi ($22), doughy pillows swimming in a fragrant mushroom broth with chanterelles, truffle and wax beans. The dish gets finished with a dusting of truffle and parmesan shavings.
Through October 30th, experience a truffle tasting menu inside the Gansevoort's Park Avenue restaurantAsellina. For a very reasonable $55 you get three truffle-infused courses, including seared scallops with winter truffle and a truffle risotto with porcini and sottocenere.
Scrambled eggs and truffles are a match made in taste bud heaven and chef David Bouley offers the duo at his eponymous Bouley, folding in the creamy eggs with Comte cheese and topping them with shaved black truffles (MP). He's also offering a savory Porcini Flan with black truffles (MP) and at sister restaurant Brushstroke, Executive Chef Isao Yamada dishes up his version of truffle-and-egg with a Shimeji Mushroom Chawan-mushi Egg Custard with Truffle Ankake Sauce and Provence black truffle slices.
At Midtown's expansive yet homey Casa Nonna they're bringing the highbrow lowbrow, topping a thin-crust buffalo mozzarella cheese pizza with house-made (read: real) truffle oil, finished off with sliced Burgundy truffles from Northern Italy when the Black Truffle Pizza ($44) leaves the oven. They're also offering a Tajarin al Tartufo ($46)—egg tagliolini pasta with truffle butter, parmesan and shaved black truffles—and Finocchio Risotto ($48), made with fennel, chanterelles and finished with shaved black truffles.
The BLT empire enters the truffle game at their Gramercy outpost BLT Prime, where they're offering a 5-course prix fixe menu ($200) loaded with the fragrant fungi. Start with White Bruschetta with savory mangalitsa lardo, fontina and garlic confit and a 62.7 Degree Farm Egg, served atop potato gnocchi with a crisp parmesan tulie. For the main course, Black Sea Bass gets prepared en papillote, with local cauliflower, young leeks and albufera sauce while Wild Scottish Partridge gets autumnally-flavored with pancetta, savoy cabbage chips and apple cider jus. Finish the meal with Fried Ice Cream "Truffles" with dulce de leche, sea salt and corn flakes.
Tocqueville's glowing dining room is the ideal spot to take someone special to enjoy the season's delicacy. Indulge in House Made Cavatelli with Cato Corner Farm aged Comte topped with truffles, Potato Gnocchi with Parmesan, chanterelles and White Truffle or White Truffle Risotto ($80 appetizer, $120 entree), comforting dishes that let the earthiness of the truffle shine.