Ricotta dumplings with mushrooms and pecorino sardo courtesy Tuukka Koski.
Chef Ignacio Mattos and co-owner Thomas Carter have the buzz level up at eleven at their new joint, Cafe Altro Paradiso. But, have you looked in on Estela, the very thoughtful Houston Street Mediterranean restaurant that put these guys on the map? It is “widely regarded as one of those restaurants that embody what it means to eat out in New York City at the moment,” said the New York Times when it awarded them two stars. But rest on their laurels they have not. Here’s what to order, including some new and notable menu adds:
Celery Salad: Yes, celery. Served with raisins, pistachios, and Bayley Hazen Blue cheese. The cheese, from the cellars at Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont, adds a bacon essence and creamy element to the dish. Celery never looked so good.
Halibut: This fish is so fresh and so clean that it requires very little seasoning in the first place. But, then, add chef’s crab butter. It’s light, it’s buttery, it’s a yes.
Lamb Ribs: The secret’s in the prep. Three days of tender love & care make these ribs fall-off-the-bone good. Wet wipe not necessary.
And what you’re drinking:
Fino Sherry by Equipo Navazos: Because to savor every bite of the fried arroz negro, order a glass of fino sherry.
Olivier Cousin’s ‘Yamag’ Gamay: If you’re looking for a bottle to take you through the meal, try this natural red wine from the Loire valley that’s both bright and complex. It has the mineral notes and acidity for easy drinking.
Estela courtesy of Tuukka Koski.
So there you have it, your pro order is up. Book your Resy today.