Nearly five months after announcing his resignation as executive chef for all three Jaleo outlets, JohnPaul Damato will finally open Mio, an American restaurant “with global influences,” at 1110 Vermont Avenue NW in the same Midtown complex as Il Mulino New York. The operation will draw on Damato’s vast cooking experience, both at Jaleo and at Restaurant Nora, while also serving up another of the chef’s favorite things: live piano music.
According to a press release that will drop tomorrow:
Dinner is served Monday through Saturday, offering a broad selection of inventive appetizers, such as quail egg in a hole with turnip cake and caviar, and Peekytoe crab on puff. Entrées consist of items such as a grilled split lobster with steak potato and old bay butter sauce; flat iron-seared Alaskan Coho salmon with broccoli and pimenton butter; and semi-boneless quails stuffed with chard, pine nuts, feta and served with grape sauce. Sides range from giant Greek white bean stew and roasted beets, carrot and leeks to fried polenta sticks with charred tomato sauce and sautéed escarole with poached garlic and sausage.
You can even watch the chef and his staff prepare the meals at a long counter positioned in front of the kitchen.