Bistro Latino, Rafael Palomino’s New Restaurant, Opens in Tuckahoe


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:


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.

Salchichon 5.95
Cured hard sausage that resembles hard salami with black peppercorns.

Cantimpalo 5.95
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

Branzino 21.95
seared Filet Branzini with Chorizo gnocchi in a Castilian sauce

Desserts  8.00





About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Joe the Associate on

    Without tasting the food, I can say with 100% certaintly that this place is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE and will NEVER make it at this location.

  2. We have lived in Tuckahoe for about 25 years. Last evening we decided to have dinner at Bistro Latino. What a delightful dinner. It’s been a long time since our village has had such a sophisticated dining establishment open it doors on our Main Street. This was the first time we have experienced Spanish dining. It was delicious, beautifully presented and served. The Sangria that we ordered was just as enjoyable. We were fortunate to meet Chef Palomino and his staff. Obviously a hands-on restauranteur. If you don’t have a problem with spending on an excellent meal in the Spanish tradition, then this is the place to try. Thank you Chef Rafael and staff.

  3. Rob the Realist on

    Joe the Associate says:

    February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Without tasting the food, I can say with 100% certaintly that this place is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE and will NEVER make it at this location.

    Rob says…. Joe’s opinion isn’t worth squat and is most likely a drain on society.

    Bistro Latino is gourmet at it’s finest for Westchester. You will spend but if you enjoy FLAVOR there is no better place.
    Staff is fantastic and Alex is a tremendous host / owner. Thank you Bistro!

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