There’s no printed menu at Al Coro, a fine-dining spot in the old Del Posto space in Chelsea, so every course will be a little bit of a surprise. Only two options—$195 for five courses, or $245 for seven—are offered, and instead of a parade of dishes like branzino, risotto, and bistecca, you’ll get a much more innovative take on Italian cuisine. Some courses provide a sampling of small bites, while others are served family style. Stellar items include poached white asparagus with rye crumbles and some tender and juicy chicken served with crispy pancakes (a play on Peking duck). There are no white tablecloths in sight (but lots of brown ones), which gives the warm space a less-formal feel, and a live band playing lounge music on a balcony every night provides another twist on the fine-dining experience.

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