Chef Dale Talde and his partners, David Massoni and John Bush, all of Three Kings Restaurant Group, make their first foray into Manhattan this year, opening three unique concepts inside the Arlo Nomad Hotel: Massoni, a full-service restaurant that serves “Inauthentic Italian” fare; BARlo, the 2nd floor bar and adjoining terrace; and The Heights, a seasonal rooftop bar and patio. The Heights is open from May to November.
Three Kings Restaurant Group is handling all of the food and beverage in the hotel, as well as the food at the Bodega, the grab n’ go station in the lobby, which will feature pizza—Dale’s take on his favorite pan pizza (which will also be available at Massoni). Pizza will be available by the slice or whole pie in the lobby, and options will rotate seasonally. Additional grab n’ go items include an array of salads, sandwiches, desserts, freshly squeezed juices and coffee, as well as prepackaged items curated by small-batch food purveyor Mouth.
At Massoni, diners have the option of breakfast, lunch or dinner, and are able to sample Chef Dale Talde’s “Inauthentic Italian” cuisine, featuring classic Italian dishes with multi-cultural flavors and ingredients. Think Arancini Balls but with biyrani-style rice, served with cool ranch raita and spicy tomato; and Mafalde with uni, serrano and smoked onion dashi. The cocktail program at Massoni is rooted in the classic cocktails of New York City. Like the food, the influence of Italian – American culinary traditions and flavors find their way into updated classics. The drinks take their names from the last stops of the different subway lines that run throughout the city. Massoni also offers an entirely Italian-focused wine program, consisting of about 15 white and 20-25 red. The offerings span all of Italy, including both traditional and more offbeat options, as well as several to choose from some of the smaller vineyards. On the beer front, both Italian and craft domestic brews are available.
At BARlo, located on the 2nd floor, the full Massoni dinner menu is available, including the cocktails, as well as an additional classic cocktail list, focusing on the cocktails that are standards in the bars of New York City.
Design wise, Massoni offers the perfect mixture of the elegance of Arlo, the grit of Manhattan, and the colorful personalities of the Three Kings.