Jewish Dining in NYC
by Julie Besonen, 03/25/2014
Photo: Ian Ference
Yerba Buena Perry
1 Perry St., 212-620-0808, West Village, Manhattan
Chef Julian Medina grew up Catholic in Mexico and converted to Judaism for his wife; he now reinterprets Jewish holiday foods at his two Yerba Buena restaurants and three locations of Toloache. For Passover this year at the West Village's Yerba Buena Perry that means an à la carte menu of brisket tacos, matzo ball soup spiked with jalapeno, and guacamole blended with smoked whitefish and served with matzo instead of chips. The pan-Latin boîte has a dark, stylish setting with creamy leather banquettes and Edison bulbs over the bar, conducive for intimate dinners as well as festive groups. Since wine is an obligatory part of Passover, it's nice to know there's quality kosher wine on hand—as well as kosher tequila.