Seared monkfish at Manzanilla
Oxtail brioche at Manzanilla
Squid ink and cuttlefish croquettes at Manzanilla
Michelin-starred toque Dani Garcia teamed up with Gotham restaurateur Yann de Rochefort (Boqueria) for this high-ceilinged Spanish brasserie, sporting graphic chevron-patterned floors and black iron chandeliers. The 180-seat spot (expected to open February 13th) takes its name from Garcia’s restaurant in Málaga, Spain, but it has more in common with Calima, his acclaimed tapas temple in Marbella, boasting an ambitious menu that fuses traditional Iberian flavors with avant-garde tinkering. A simple tomato gets the liquid nitrogen treatment: flash-frozen until a glossy solid and nestled in a pool of salt-cod emulsion. Two steamed brioche halves—a signature of Garcia’s world-famous friend, Ferran Adrià—sandwich pulled oxtail and raw mushrooms. Beverage director Rick Pitcher (Gotham Bar and Grill) pays tribute to the restaurant’s name—a fruity variety of sherry made in Garcia’s native Andalusia—with a list highlighting 15 pale, dry sherries. Rounding out the bar program are European reds and whites, four draft beers (including Catalan-brewed Estrella Damm) and classic cocktails made with Spanish liqueurs (brandy, pacharán). 345 Park Ave South between 25th and 26th Sts, entrance on 26th St between Park Ave S and Lexington Ave (212-255-4086)
Barrel and Fare
Whether you’re dining indoors or al fresco at this Gowanus favorite—the restaurant opens up its outdoor patio during the warmer months—you’re sure to find something intriguing on the varied menu. Some bites—like the mac and cheese croquettes ($9), tuna avocado tartare ($11) and scorched shrimp ($12)—are available for both brunch and dinner. The rest of the morning menu leans toward classic fare, like challah French toast with mascarpone ($12) and a breakfast burger topped with peppers, onions and a sunny–side up egg ($14). At dinner, you’ll find more elevated entree options, like crispy farro with butternut squash and kale ($15), a braised lamb shank with kohlrabi puree ($22) and bacon-wrapped pork medallions served with mustard-glazed fingerling potatoes ($21). As for drinks, choose from the restaurant’s list of wines available by the glass or bottle, or sip a seasonally inspired cocktail, like the wintry Gingerbread White Russian that graced the menu recently ($11).
Venue says: “Brunch on the mind? Try our mushroom tart - homemade puff pastry, creamy mushroom duxelle, & topped with a poached egg.”