Jordon Frosolone

Sessanta Brings A Taste of Palemero to SoHo

The dining room of John McDonald's Sessanta (60 Thompson Street; 212-219-8119) in the Sixty Soho hotel looks like it could have been plucked straight from 1960s Italy. Leaning toward glam, the décor features vertical-striped maple walls, vintage-style wood framed chairs, orb light fixtures, and plush azure couches and seating. The fare at Sessanta is a bit more rustic, focusing on authentic coastal Southern Italian cuisine, with a strong emphasis on Sicily.

However, the restaurant goes way beyond red sauce and sausage and peppers. Flavors and ingredients from across the world are incorporated into the menu: couscous and figs from Africa, tomatoes from the New World, seafood from the Mediterranean, spices and dried fruits from the Middle East. "It's an interesting cuisine, because culturally there are influences from most of the global empires from the past 3,000 years," says chef Jordan Frosolone. "People don't really think about that."

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Sessanta, Inside the Sixty Soho Hotel Opens

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Come Monday, John McDonald — of Bowery Meat CompanyLure Fishbar, and Burger & Barrel fame — will open his newest project inside the SIXTY Soho hotel. Both the vibe and the cuisine take after that easy-breezy coastal Italian feeling: Chef Jordan Frosolone, who has put in time at Momofuku and Hearth, has crafted a menu that includes beef-tongue sliders, braised octopus, fennel tortelli with sardines, and, of course, a roast chicken for two. The 100-seat space, designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, is filled with warm, earthy tones, giving it a relaxed, airy feel. And with a 30-­seat outdoor patio, this might just be a perfect light, casual restaurant for summer. 

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