Le Fanfare

Live jazz and sophisticated takes on Italian classics in Greenpoint

By Erik Mathes

There’s never a shortage of outstanding eats in NYC, yet one element of the dining experience that’s often neglected these days is a romantic ambiance. That’s what makes a meal at Le Fanfare such a treat. Every last detail—from the hand-carved marble high-top tables for two with flowers and mood lighting, to the elegantly plated, perfectly shareable dishes—works to create an air of romance that should place it at the top of your list of special date night destinations.

Opened by the same group that owns Epistrophy Café in Nolita, including jazz musician Luca Fadda, his wife Giorgia, and their business partner and life-long friend, Nicola Paganelli, the low-key Greenpoint spot features live jazz music to complete the scene. And then there’s the meticulously sourced ingredients that chef Adam Ross turns into sophisticated takes on Italian classics with serious eye appeal. Think house-made breads, pastas and cheeses, and playful flavor combinations like balsamic short rib with pumpkin-pear chutney on herb focaccia. Then keep thinking—sexy plates like grilled octopus with potato, Castelvetrano olives, celery, and paprika vinaigrette that are reminiscent of meals you’d savor in romanticized regions along the Amalfi Coast.

Whether you come for brunch or dinner, that short rib sandwich is a can’t-miss, as is the beet and frisée salad with chopped almonds, red wine vinaigrette, and otherworldly smoked ricotta. Of course, there are eggs galore come brunch-time—poached and placed atop polenta with oyster mushrooms and rosemary zabaione, or baked in a frittata, or served sunny-side up on a Sardinian-style flatbread pizza known as pane frattau.
For dinner, start with seasonal burrata, grilled octopus, and meatballs drizzled with white wine glaze and sprinkled with parsley and lemon. Then opt for the must-share spaghetti neri with delicate squid ink-stained noodles kissed with green chile and bottarga, surrounded by fresh mussels. For mains, the Creekstone Farms hanger steak with rosemary fingerlings, cipolline agrodolce, and black garlic jus will have you thinking you’re dining farm-to-table—in Tuscany, at least for a second, especially with the side of polenta with mushroom and Gorgonzola.

Cap the night with a classic cannoli filled with house-made ricotta and coated with chopped pistachios, and you’ll find that you’re already mentally planning a comeback to this lovely slice of Italy-by-way-of-Greenpoint.


dinner: Mon–Thu 5:30 PM–11 PM; Fri–Sat 5:30 PM–11 PM; Sun 5:30 PM–10 PM
brunch: Sat–Sat 11 AM–4 PM

price range

$17 (balsamic short rib sandwich) to $28 (Creekstone Farm hanger steak)