A Taste of NYC: ABC Cocina
My Dad had to be in NYC all this week for work, so my Mom decided to come out to NYC too for the whole week. At first I said: fantastic! I can get started on so many of the restaurants I’ve been dying to try, since they are here for a total of 6 nights. Today marks night 5, and let me tell you…I’m starting to get a little sick of eating out, to my surprise. We’ve eaten at some great places so far (yes, reviews to come), but perhaps our favorite dinner has been ABC Cocina.
I told my Dad I wanted to eat at ABC Kitchen, but he got confused and made a reservation at the wrong place (although same chef). What a serendipitous mistake, as it turns out Cocina has moved to the top slots on my family’s NYC restaurant list. The food is tapas style, with unique Mexican, Spanish and contemporary flavors and often odd combinations. We took a look at the menu and decided out of the 30 or so listings there were maybe two things we weren’t too keen on. This is definitely one of the few places I might come back to sooner than later purely because you could have an entirely different meal.
Our reservation wasn’t until 9:30, but we were starving so we headed over early to see if our table was ready. We ended up sitting at the bar for half an hour, and ordered the most delicious mango sangria. It was pretty sweet, but very refreshing on a warm NYC summer night. Once we were sat, we immediately order the sweet pea guacamole. Now, I’m an avocado FREAK…i could eat them all day everyday. But this guac was outrageously good, even for a California girl with high standards. All in all, this place is definitely a MUST if you come to NYC.
38 East 19th St., New York, NY 10003
What to Order:
Drink: Mango Sangria
Main: Sweet pea guacamole, shrimp with sizzling garlic and chili oil, gooey spicy ham and cheese fritters, crispy fish tacos, savory glazed short rib tacos, market string beans, maitake mushrooms, arroz con pollo