While the COVID-19 crisis has caused dining-room closures around the world, many restaurants are finding creative ways to continue serving their communities. Our latest Restaurant Spotlights highlight these efforts at Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners.
Guests can’t return yet to Battello’s waterfront location in downtown Jersey City, N.J., so the restaurant is offering seafood-focused dining experiences to enjoy at home, via pickup or local delivery. Build your ideal meal with à-la-carte options from chef Ryan DePersio that change weekly, such as crispy risotto fries, pan-roasted wild salmon and slow-braised chicken cacciatore. Also available is an abbreviated beverage list of beers, cocktails and wines from the Award of Excellence–winning program run by owner and wine director Cory Checket. The full 160-selection list is strong in Italy while featuring labels from around the world, and the to-go version is similarly diverse. If you’re looking for more than just dinner and drinks, book a spot in one of Battello’s “Date Night with Chef RD” events. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, chef DePersio hosts interactive hour-long cooking classes on Zoom, teaching participants how to make date night–worthy Battello dishes at home. The classes cost $80 for two, and include ingredients for the three-course meal, plus a bottle of wine.