The food at Bistro Latino, chef Rafael Palomino’s new restaurant in Tuckahoe, is like Latino-lite: fun, delicious, addictive, a little spicy and not too out-there. I had lunch there the other day, and sampled a few of the small plates — none of the entrees, though — and came away wishing I had a Bistro Latino nearby.
Here’s one of the cocas — a flatbread, pizza-style dish — with shrimp, manchego and microgreens:
Nice and crispy — good finger food and easy to share. A great start to the meal.
There were only a few tables at lunch, but I imagine at dinner time, and especially on weekends, it’s hard to get a seat here:
More of a look around, plus more food, after the jump.
There’s a big granite bar with comfortable-looking chairs along one side of the restaurant. I’m sitting in a banquette on the opposite side:
Windows look out onto the street:
And there’s an open window to the kitchen, too:
After the pizza, we shared the Albondigas de Cordero ($11.95), lamb meatballs with Romesco sauce, shaved Manchego cheese, slivered almonds:
They were light and fluffy and quite tasty — the tang from the lamb was very nice — but they turned cold very fast. I would eat these quickly if you order them.
Mejillones con Chorizo ($12.95) steamed mussels with chorizo and french fries Pamplona style:
The mussels were plump and fresh and the sausage was spicy and good. The fries were crisp and salty, and great for dunking.
Croquetas de Cangrejo Azul ($11.95) blue crab croquettes with whole grain mustard aioli:
These were full of crab and not breading — but didn’t seem at all Latino to me. They just tasted like really good crab cakes. Nothing wrong with that. I’m just saying…
The tortilla espanola:
This was more like hashbrowns with egg than a traditional tortilla espanola, but man was it salty and crispy. I couldn’t stop eating it!
A nice change from all the fried food on our table was this light little citrusy ceviche with shrimp: