Spanish restaurateur Hector Sanz (Barraca, Macondo, Rayuela) adds to his trio of Iberian-inflected spots with this Mediterranean-minded Village restaurant. Sanz has wrangled in fellow Spaniard Jesús Nuñez—currently running the kitchen next door at Barraca—to put his personal spin on coastal European cuisine: Venison moussaka is slick with spicy béchamel; homemade focaccia is layered with fresh burrata, tomato confit and Modena vinegar; and a six-minute egg is perched atop sunchoke cream, onion marmalade and foie gras. Tipping a hat to the restaurant's theatrical roots—it's named after the heroine of Fernando de Rojas's 15th-century tragicomedy La Celestina—velvet banquettes sit on elevated sections throughout, mimicking a mezzanine. The bar is the "stage," decked out with a sweeping curtainlike frame and well lit with brass light fixtures, and vino's the star, with 250 wines hailing from the Mediterranean (Spain's Cava, Lombardy's Franciacorta).
|Venue name:||Melibea (CLOSED)||Contact:|
2 Bank St
|Cross street:||at Greenwich Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 14th St|
|Price:||Average entree: $26. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
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