Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 10/20/2014
Photo: Fiamma Piacentini
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35 E. 21st St., 212-913-9659, Flatiron District, Manhattan
Excitement is building for the October 28th debut of Cosme, a roomy, chic Mexican restaurant from celebrated chef Enrique Olvera. Pujol, the cornerstone of Olvera's restaurant empire in Mexico City, is routinely voted the best in Mexico as well as one of the top 50 restaurants on the planet. What he's aiming for in the Flatiron District is an unpretentious neighborhood joint with à la carte items priced under $25 and an extensive mezcal and tequila selection. And yes, there will be margaritas. The restaurant's warm house-made tortillas will be the ideal vehicles for swiping up intense moles, mushroom and potato barbacoa and creamy burrata with salsa verde. Olvera plans to source meats and vegetables from local purveyors and combine them with heirloom beans and corn imported from Mexico. Of late, Alex Stupak and his Empellón chainlet have helped lay the groundwork for progressive Mexican cuisine's moment; with Cosme, it's really arrived.