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Obikà

590 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.762268 -73.972412
at 56th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-355-2217 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

obika.it

Hours

Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm; Sat, 8:30am-6pm; Sun, 9am-6pm

Nearby Subway Stops

N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.; E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.

Prices

$8-$35

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Take-Out
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Fresh mozzarella has long been a star of the Italian table, oozing out onto antipasto plates and melting in discrete dabs on pizza Margherita. But no place fetishizes the milky white blobs as much as Obikà, the proliferating chainlet of mozzarella bars founded in 2004 years ago in Rome by Silvio Ursini, an executive at Bulgari. The jewelry connection is no accident: Obikà is known for displaying its authentic Neapolitan cheese in glass tanks, like exceedingly perishable objets d’art, and borrows from the Japanese sushi-bar tradition in its presentation and aesthetics. (“Obikà” is a slight modification on an expression in the Neapolitan dialect for “Here it is!”) After expanding to Milan, London, and Turin, with plans in the pipeline for Kuwait City and Tokyo, the brand has made its American debut. The sleek Italian-fabricated kiosk, which has taken up residence in the IBM Building atrium, is a joint venture between the Italian company and New York entrepreneur Reto Cantone, who’d previously operated a L’Espresso kiosk on the very same spot. It will be open throughout the day for Italian pastries, salads, antipasti, and pasta, but the main draw is the mozzarella di bufala DOP, flown in fresh twice or thrice weekly from Campania.

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