Inside Lady’s, an Ambitious New Italian Spot Near Barclays Center

Brick-oven-roasted pork porterhouse with pan sauce and apple balsamic. Photo: Melissa Hom

When heading to the Barclays Center to watch the Nets get drubbed or BAM to catch a movie, it’s not difficult to make a game plan for dinner: there are a number of high-quality bars and restaurants nearby, including Emily, Faun, and even Franny’s. It goes without saying, then, that it takes a lot to stand out, but Lady’s, which opens tomorrow, has all the pieces in place to make a mark of its own.

The crew behind the restaurant, Sweet Nuthin’ Hospitality Group, comprises a number of veterans of the New York restaurant world, including James Beard Foundation-nominees Matthew Maddy, a founder of No. 7 Restaurant, and his sometimes collaborator Nico Arze. Kathryn Weatherup, of Weather Up, will handle cocktails, and the chef is Aaron Harsha, who worked at Michael White’s acclaimed Marea.

The menu is heavy on pastas, like chestnut campanelle and corzetti with sausage, and pizzas, like one with mushrooms and fonduta. And while it’s not a clam pizza, Harsha’s dipping his toes into the shellfish field with a cockles, lardo, and lemon pie. But you’ll also see blistered cabbage with calabrian chili and sausage alongside veal parmesan with sweetbreads, as well as some dishes to share like American hackleback caviar with pizza in place of blinis. Cocktails are a mix of classics, such as the Pedro Martinez (dark rum, Punt e Mes, maraschino), and originals, like one named for Nets center Brook Lopez (bourbon, Earl Grey, campari, fernet, and lemon.)

Roasted meatballs with pomodoro and pine nut gremolata Photo: Melissa Hom
Chestnut campanelle with butternut squash and wild mushroom. Photo: Melissa Hom
Corzetti with Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, and lemon Photo: Melissa Hom
Get your wood-fired vegetables. Blistered cabbage with Italian sausage, Calabrian chili, and pecorino cheese. Photo: Melissa Hom
Why have chicken wings when you can have porchetta chicken wings? These are available at the bar in limited quantities. Photo: Melissa Hom
Lady’s Shagliato: Cappelletti, Gran Classico, Carpano Antica, and prosecco. Photo: Melissa Hom
The Brook Lopez: bourbon, earl grey, Campari, fernet, and lemon. Photo: Melissa Hom
Hang out. Photo: Melissa Hom

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Lady’s, 572 Fulton St., nr. Rockwell Pl.; 929-307-2822

Lady’s Is an Impressive Italian Spot Near Barclays Center