I LOVE NEW RESTAURANTS! Especially ones that are small, intimate, and in a new budding neighborhood! As I posted before, Fredrick Douglas Blvd(8th ave.) in Harlem, is now being called "Restaurant Row". I have been to a few restaurants along this budding strip, with favorites including Melbas and 5 and Diamond. On a late night date with my best friend to catch up on some girl talk, we tested the latest new italian restaurant on 117th and 8th ave. called LIDO. I was definitely eyeing the place before they opened to the public on February 12th, so I told the bestie, we must put our forks and knives to good use.   I love the lay out of the restaurant, the exposed brick wall, the candle light, the open space, I must say the atmosphere is very sexy at night. Even the seating caught my eye... White plush seats appear to be built in the windows.  Now to the good stuff!  The menu is small,(1 page) but with alot of great items on it, so that makes up for the lack of pages. If you have good content, you dont have to have a long dramatic menu to cover it up. Having the classic Italian lay out, there were a selection of crostinis; antipasti, and main entrees, along with sides. We devoured the following....

~White Polenta, fall mushrooms, shaved parm, truffle oil 
~Mussels, Speck broth, grilled bread 
~Crispy Branzino, roasted red peppers, capers, olives, red raddicho and shaved fennel salad
~Warm Apple Tart w/ Marscapone Gelato, and black pepper caramel 

I don't even have a favorite dish of the evening because the food was....PERFECT... Literally for a restaurant that has been only open for 3 weeks, every thing was cooked perfectly, and extremely fresh and clean. Nothing was heavy on the palate, and everything was seasoned accordingly, no extra table salt needed. One of my favorites of that evening was the crispy branzino, accompanied with roasted red peppers, capers, olives, and red radicchio and shaved fennel salad on top. This plate was very busy,crispy here, salty there, raw textures and crunch in between, but everything came together! Another favorite of the night was the warm apple tart. We ate one and tried to order another one....dont judge us.  The marscapone gelato matched the apples and even the dough which was baked fresh was still slightly undercooked in the center which we loved.  All in all fabulous eaters, this is my definition of a fabulous meal. Fresh Perfection. 

**Side note, Lido is BYOB at the moment, so bring your favorite bottle of wine! 

2168 Fredrick Douglas Blvd @ 117th street 
N.Y. New York 

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