Say olé! Another Spanish tapas place is opening in Westchester.
Rafael Palomino, who has written five cookbooks and opened seven restaurants, including Sonora in Port Chester, has opened Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe in the former space of Main Street Cafe. His partner is Alexander Vanegas, Sonora’s general manager.
“Bistro Latino is a trip to a new place that exists somewhere between Latin America and Spain where tapas and Nuevo Latino food have met in a great fusion of styles and tastes,” Palomino said in a press release. “Alex and I are excited to be opening Bistro Latino, and felt that Tuckahoe, with its industrial past and diverse heritage, was the perfect place to open a restaurant for people who hunger for new authentic flavors, and experiences in fine dining.”
The menu includes tapas, main courses, paellas, ceviches — all made with the bold Latin flavors that Palomino has become famous for. Here’s the Maine Lobster Paella with lobster, mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp and chorizo over saffron rice and topped with sofrito:
There are also coca, or Spanish pizzas, such as the De Satas, which has shiitake mushrooms, quinoa, manchego cheese and a chocolate balsamic glaze:
The restaurant has a “rustic Spanish chic” look, with salvaged architectural pieces, leather banquettes, glass tile mosaics and a wall of recycled wine bottles. Leslie Mueller, who has been featured in Elle Decor, was the designer.
The wine list focuses on Spain, and there are also microbrewed beers and several vareities of sangria.
Gerry Houlihan and Paul Ficalora of Houlihan Business Brokers arranged the sale of Main Street Cafe to Chef Palomino and Vanegas, and send the press release. Sean Houilhan provided these photos.
The 411 is coming. Til then: 64 Main St., Tuckahoe. 914-961-2233
The menu, after the jump.
Bistro Latino Menu:
CHARCUTERIA & QUESOS
Chorizo Imperial 6.95
from the free range black-footed (pata negra) pigs who feed from acorns. The nuttiness of the acorns comes through in the meat and fat.
Cured hard sausage that resembles hard salami with black peppercorns.
From the village of Cantimpalos. Made with fresh rosemary, garlic, and smoked pimenton paprika to create its meaty and smoky flavor.
Traditional Jamon Serrano 8.95
Country ham with a lean, tender texture, comparable to prosciutto, cured in the mountains of Spain.
El Trigal Manchego (12 months) 7.95
Aged Spanish hard cheese made of sheep’s milk can be compared to sharp cheddar.
Rocal Sheep’s Milk 6.95
A hard sheep’s milk from Navarra region in Basque, Spain. The flavor is both buttery and nutty, both milky and a little grassy.
Tetilla Ninfas 8.95
Soft cheese made from cow’s milk with a mild tangy flavor, from the Galicia Region.
El Rebeco Valderon 6.95
Spanish Blue made from cow and goat’s milk. A rich creamy full flavored blue cheese that had been wrapped in sycamore leaves which contributes to its distinctive appearance and complex flavor.
Queso Mahon Curado Reservo Menorca 7.95
This cheese has a flaky, yet creamy texture with flavors of grass, butter, fruit, and sea salt.
Bandeja Mixta 15.95
Assorted mixed platter: Choose any three meats and/or cheeses
Tortilla Espanola 6.95
Spanish omelet with potato & onion
Ensalada de Remolacha 8.95
beet salad, goat cheese, Serrano ham, arugula, blood orange vinaigrette & toasted almonds
Pulpitos a la Parilla 11.95
grilled baby octopus with garlic & olive oil served over a chickpea mash
Vieiras al Sarten 14.95
Seared Scallops in Apple Cider Cava sauce topped with Jamon Serrano
Croquetas de Cangrejo Azul 11.95
blue crab croquettes with whole grain mustard aioli
Albondigas de Cordero 11.95
lamb meatballs with Romesco sauce, shaved Manchego cheese, slivered almonds
Mejillones con Chorizo 12.95
steamed mussels with chorizo and french fries Pamplona style
Setas al Ajo 9.95
assorted wild mushrooms: shiitake, oyster, cremini finished with garlic and olive oil
Pechuga de Pato al Sarten* 12.95
seared Hudson Valley Duck breast over Sweet potato Cinnamon puree drizzled with a Chocolate Balsamic vinaigrette
Sandwiches de Salmon 9.95
miniature salmon tartare “sandwiches” with pommery mustard aioli
Atun al Sarten 14.95
seared Hawaiian yellow fin tuna with fingerling potatoes and chipotle olive oil
Langosta al Sarten* 17.95
seared Maine lobster with a passion fruit sorbet topped by Hudson Valley Foie Gras
*Raised on Small Farms in New York’s Hudson Valley Free to Roam on Pasture and Butchered In-House
Coca de Setas 11.95
shiitake mushroom, quinoa, arugula, Manchego cheese, balsamic chocolate vinegar
Coca de Camarones 12.95
baby shrimp, spinach, aged Manchego cheese, garlic olive oil
Maine Lobster Paella Palomino 28.95
Lobster, mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp & chorizo over saffron rice topped with sofrito
Pollo al Azafran 19.95
herb roasted half chicken topped with Manchego cheese served with saffron mashed potatoes & a roasted mushroom pan sauce
Salmon al Sarten 21.95
pan seared salmon in a Mustard crust topped with crispy onions
Costilla de Carne 24.95
braised short ribs with arugula and garlic potato puree in a Tempranillo wine sauce
seared Filet Branzini with Chorizo gnocchi in a Castilian sauce