Manhattan – East Village
438 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A
Manhattan, NY 10009
Amid Aztec geometric bas-reliefs, diners at the fourteen-seat Itzocan Café explore an ambitious fusion of Mexican and French cuisines. Try the sweet corn soufflé, imbued with an earthy huitlacoche, a traditional Mexican truffle, or the queso fundido, a rich fondue of molten Brie and Monterey Jack, chockfull of garlic-laden chorizo and poblano peppers. The pan-roasted chicken breast, stuffed with tangy goat cheese, is slathered in a red mole sauce, an ethereal mélange of chocolate, chili peppers, nuts and bananas. Note that the kitchen opens right onto the dining room.