The Feed first look: ABC Cocina

Jean-Georges Vongerichten follows up ABC Kitchen with a luxe, Latin-inspired restaurant.

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    Asparagus at ABC Cocina

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    Arroz con pollo at ABC Cocina

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    Tuna sashimi at ABC Cocina

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    Short rib tacos at ABC Cocina

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    Guacamole at ABC Cocina

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    Mezcal margarita at ABC Cocina

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    Popsicles at ABC Cocina

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    ABC Cocina

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    ABC Cocina

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    ABC Cocina

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Asparagus at ABC Cocina


Since making his stateside debut in 1985, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has conquered Gotham's dining scene with cuisines as diverse as the city itself: upscale French at his flagship Jean Georges; New American at downtown charmer Perry St; and clubby Southeast Asian at Spice Market in the Meatpacking District. On May 2, the toque gives Latin America a bump with this highly anticipated sibling to ABC Kitchen, his lauded temple to haute green cuisine, in ABC Carpet & Home. As at ABC Kitchen, Food & Drink Award–winning chef Dan Kluger will oversee a market-driven menu, here highlighting sustainable seafood and heritage meats cooked over a wood-fired grill. Chili and citrus pervade the fare in dishes like chipotle chicken tacos topped with a jalapeño salsa; poached Patagonian prawns with a paprika dip; and beef tenderloin smothered in chimichurri. Eco-conscious trimmings fill the gray-walled restaurant—LED lamps, hot-pink banquettes crafted from vintage rugs—while an antique glass chandelier injects the space with some old-time glamour. A barkeep pours tropical cocktails (rhubarb banana daiquiri, passion-fruit white sangria) and nearly 50 wines—from countries like Spain and Argentina—at a 28-seat marble bar. Check out the full menu below. 38 E 19th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-677-2233)

ABC COCINA MENU

TABLE SNACKS
Warm marinated olives, poblano and mint pesto, $7
Jamon iberico de bellota, $16
Cured meat board, pickles, $12
Cheese board, rhubarb brie, nut bread, $12
Spring pea guacamole with warm crunchy tortillas, $11

LIGHT & BRIGHT
Spring vegetable salad with manchego and herbs, $12
Fluke with green chili dressing, crunchy rice and herbs, $11
Grilled tuna sashimi “pimenton”, $16
Florida white shrimp in “agua diablo”, banana and almonds, $12
Mezcal cured salmon, cucumber-yogurt relish and golden potato flake, $12
Mussels with tomato and chorizo, grilled flatbread, $16
Pea soup with vegetables, avocado and lime, $10
Braised market greens, sherry vinegar and shallot dressing, $12
Warm poached patagonian prawns with paprika dip, $18
Oyster on the half shell, $3 each
Clam on the half shell, $1.50 each

GOLDEN & CRISPY
Peekytoe crab fritters, ramp remoulade, $10
Shrimp with sizzling garlic and chili oil, $13
Crunchy calamari, ancho chili glaze, $13
Potatoes. spicy-tangy sauce and rosemary mayo, $8
Gooey spicy ham and cheese fritters, $10

MASA & TORTILLAS
Spring pea empanadas and green chili yogurt, $6
Spiced chicken empanadas and herb yogurt, $7
Sautéed mushroom tacos, mole, kale and lime, $10
Chipotle chicken tacos, grilled jalapeno salsa, $12
Crispy fish tacos, aioli and cabbage-chili pickle, $13
Crispy bbq pork tacos, pickled red onions and cilantro, $12
Savory glazed short rib tacos, habanero relish and frizzled onion, $14
Cheese fondue with soft and crunchy tortillas, $14

WOOD BURNING GRILL
Asparagus, marcona almond, pickled spring onions, $10
Maitake mushroom with goat cheese, fresno pepper vinaigrette, $12
Beef tenderloin “ burnt ends” and chimichurri sauce, $18
Slowly cooked halibut with a stew o spring onions, carrots and saffron, $22
Skuna bay salmon with romesco and clams, shaved fennel salad, $19
Spicy glazed baby back ribs, $11
Housemade chorizo sausage, $7
Cheeseburger, mole and pickles, $15
Black sea bass marinated with tamarind and thyme, $24

RICE
Spring vegetables, brown rice and salsa verde, $16
Stewed chicken with sweet onions and spicy tomatoes, $16
Arroz con pollo, crackling skin and lemon zest, $19
Roasted maine lobster rice, fresh basil, $38

DESSERTS, $8
Warm vanilla fritters mexican chocolate
Rice pudding
Soft and crunchy almond cake blood orange, sour cherry sorbet
Salted caramel ‘impossible’ flan
Passion fruit sundae
Seasonal popsicles
    Mango
    Pineapple basil
    Chocolate coconut

DRINKS
COCINA COCKTAILS
Moonshine Mojito, $ 13
    Dutch’s moonshine, mint
Gin and Coconut Water, $ 13
    Warwick gin, lime, pressed ginger
Pina Colada, $15
    Due North rum, coconut, pineapple
Rhubarb Banana Daiquiri, $15
    Owney’s rum, rhubarb juice, banana
Rye Tai, $16
    Widow Jane rye, Orgeat ‘almond’ infusion

MARGARITAS
ABC Cocina Classic, $13
    Calle 23 Blanco, lime, salt rim
Grapefruit, $14
    123 Reposado
Basil Jalapeno, $15
    Casa Noble Anejo, basil salt rim
Mezcal,mango essence and guajillo, $15
    Montelobos, salt rim

SANGRIA, $14 glass, $44 carafe
Passion fruit white sangria
Hibiscus red sangria

SPARKLING INFUSIONS
Cava with spring flavors, $13
    Raventos, lime, rosemary
Sparkling rose and rhubarb, $15
    Bedell Rose, rhubarb juice

SHERRY
Valdespino Fino, $7 | $30
Bodegas Argueso, $9
El Maestro Sierra Amontillado, $12 | $66
Sangre y Trabajadero Oloroso, $8 | $45

CIDER
Steampunk, New York $8 | $23
Trabanno, Spain, $7 | $21
Sparkling Poma Aurea, $10 | $33

DRAFT BEER
Brooklyn sorachi ace, Brooklyn, NY, $9
Fire Island Lighthouse Ale, Fire Island, NY, $7
Black Duck Porter, Greenport, NY, $7

BOTTLED BEER, $6
Hennepin, Cooperstown, NY
Peak Organic Nut Brown, Maine
Negra Modelo, Mexico
Presidente, Dominican Republic

COCINA MOCKTAILS, $7
Mango agua fresca
Rosemary and lime cooler
Pineapple passion thyme
Virgin pina coloda


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