Dinner parties are great. Dinner parties without the cleanup are even greater.
Sopra, a new dining concept located in what used to be a large apartment above the Upper East Side Mediterranean restaurant Amali, is pretty much that. And as an extra bonus, you just might make a few new pals when you head there.
On Wednesdays through Saturdays, executive chef Rachel Goulet hosts nightly gatherings around a 20-seat communal table, where friends and strangers alike come together to share a five-course meal with plenty (and we mean plenty) of wine.
The menu changes weekly, but expect something like a spring-vegetable salad with bagna cauda dressing, grilled calamari, a cheese course (yes, an entire course) and roasted poussin (chicken) with crispy sweet potatoes and bitter greens. If you have room for dessert, you’ll be eating something absurdly delicious, like a stracciatella yogurt cheesecake made with a chocolate-shortbread crust and Kahlua-caramel sauce.
Book a seat solo, bring along a date, rally a handful of friends or reserve the whole damn place if you like.
$95 for dinner or $150 to include wine; Wednesdays through Saturdays; Sopra, 115 E. 60th St. (at Park Ave.), 2nd fl.; 212-339-8363 or sopranyc.com