Sushi, comfort food, Southeast Asian, repeat. It’s called a food rut, and we’re all stuck in it.
Stop hitting the siesta button: Manzanilla opens tomorrow.
Restaurateur Yann de Rochefort (Boqueria) enlisted Iberian chef Dani Garcia (of double Michelin-starred Marbella restaurant Calima) to do the culinary honors.
Snack on two-bite squid ink croquettes and steamed brioche buns stuffed with stewed oxtail or pork belly confit. Lighten the mood with citrus-dressed branzino crudo atop shaved fennel. Kale salad with poached quail eggs, wheat puffs, and liquefied kalamata olives (pictured) hints at Garcia’s famed experimental techniques; rice pudding with cotton candy showcases the full monty.
The space is striking — concrete chevron-tiled floor, retro wooden lattice walls to mimic Moorish screened-in balconies, black iron chandeliers and high ceilings — but don’t feel obligated to wear your fanciest pants. It is Downtown, and you’ll need some room.
So you can bust out.
Manzanilla, 345 Park Avenue South, at 26th Street (212-255-4086 or manzanillanyc.com).
Photo: Jordan Blumberg / DailyCandy