Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 06/19/2013
Courtesy, ABC Carpet & Home
38 E. 19th St., 212-677-2233, Flatiron District, Manhattan
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Latin offshoot of ABC Kitchen evokes a grand, crumbling hacienda. ABC Cocina is romantic and sexy, akin to when the space housed its former tenant, a Spanish restaurant called Pipa. Executive chef Dan Kluger shares duties with chef de cuisine Ian Coogan, turning out a thrilling roster of tapas-like gooey spicy ham and cheese fritters, mezcal-cured salmon and spring pea empanadas. Beef tenderloin burnt ends with chimichurri sauce is an enticing mash-up of barbecue and Buenos Aires, while crispy fish tacos whisk you away to Baja. Just like ABC Kitchen, there is a strong dedication to eco-technology, boutique producers and seasonal ingredients. Given the current season, expect a bumper crop of salads and vegetables. So far it's open for dinner only, starting at 5:30—and a line forms almost immediately. Those without reservations might luck out with seats at the bar or communal table.