First Taste: Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe

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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:

We enjoyed it quite a bit. For dessert, we shared the churros, which came with two dipping sauces, chocolate and vanilla (creme anglaise):
Lovely, though these, too could have been a bit hotter.
The check comes in this cigar box, along with glasses and a flashlight! I know a bunch of friends who would appreciate that in a dark room!
All in all a very good meal at Bistro Latino.
The 411 is coming. Til then: 64 Main St., Tuckahoe. 914-961-2233.
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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, 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.

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  1. Was there Valentine’s day. Food was good, but portions are small and AWFULLY expensive.

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