By Jeanne Muchnick/Photos by Mark Vegari
Think of it as Patrias 2.0.
The original Patrias, a Spanish restaurant in Port Chester owned by chef Mariano Aznar and his sister-in-law, Peruvian-born Yvone Rodriguez, closed about 10 years ago.
This reincarnation, which opened in September in a cozy space in New Rochelle formerly occupied by Cholo’s Kitchen, is cozy and intimate. With twinkling Christmas lights framing a big blackboard menu inside, a large window with inviting cushioned seats, and votives on each table, Aznar and Rodriguez, who is hostess, have created a comfortable environment for taking your time and enjoying your meal. There are just 30 seats, no bar and a tiny open kitchen.
Aznar, a Barcelona native, was co-owner of the now-closed España in Larchmont. He has created a nicely edited menu that showcases Spanish cuisine. Among the specialties: six kinds of ceviches, four versions of paella (seafood, beef, vegetarian and “Fideua,” a combination of crispy dried noodles, seafood, squid ink and aioli), nine tapas, and other sharable dishes like Spanish cheeses, charcuterie, salty cod fritters, twice-fried potatoes and crispy fried marinated chicken. There are also entrees and a list of Spanish wines and sangria.
Come on a Tuesday for Paella Night, for a three-course meal (appetizer, paella, dessert, wine or sangria) for $35, or Wednesday night when all premium bottles are 50 percent off. There is also a $12.95 lunch special as well as catering and take-out. Private parties can also be arranged with room in the dining area for up to 40.
A panoramic poster of the famous apartment building by Gaudí in Barcelona is center stage in the dining room. It reminds you that this is meant to be an experience that transforms you to Spain — minus the plane ticket.
If you go …
Patrias, 14 Lawton St., 914-278-9811. Hours: Noon- 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday.