ABC Cocina in New York, NY

 ABC Cocina in New York, NY

ABC Cocina in New York, NY

You may know ABC Home and Carpet: located near Union Square, buying a pillow in this expensive home furnishing store may cost you an arm and a leg. Well, it is on their ground floor that ABC Cocina is located.

 ABC Carpet and Home in New York, NY

ABC Carpet and Home in New York, NY

This innovative Latin restaurant is another step in the success story of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the French Chef who gave us Vong, Spice Market or Jean-Georges. 

 ABC Cocina in New York, NY

ABC Cocina in New York, NY

This restaurant is impressive: high ceiling with lights that seem to be there as an extension of the store, very trendy. 

 Dining room at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Dining room at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

 Dining room at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Dining room at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

 Open Kitchen at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Open Kitchen at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

We went for brunch and it was crowded. So I strongly suggest having a reservation. 

Don't be fooled by the menu items: seasonal, they are definitely familiar, but the Chef adds its own twist to make it his own. The principle is similar to restaurants like Spice Market: it is family style, with a choice of small and large dishes to share, that will come as they are ready. They suggested three dishes per person, not including dessert. We decided to go for four dishes and the dessert, thinking that we could order more if need be. 

Strangely, after we ordered, the waiter asked us if we wanted bread. We said yes, surprised by the question, and wondering if they would charge us for it. 

 Bread basket at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Bread basket at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

In the bread basket, was some delicious focaccia that I enjoyed dipped in olive oil, that was a better alternative to the little bottle with an orange liquid in it that was on each table.

 Habanero pepper sauce at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Habanero pepper sauce at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

It was a homemade habanero pepper sauce...

Our first dish was the Spring pea guacamole:

 Spring peas guacamole at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Spring peas guacamole at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

It was served with a large tortilla and some tortilla chips that were homemade. 

 Tortilla chips at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Tortilla chips at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

The presentation was beautiful, with all these different greens. It was a delicious guacamole, freshly made, and I loved that the added crunch that the peas were adding. 

 Spring peas guacamole at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Spring peas guacamole at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Then we got the ham & cheese fritters:

 Ham and cheese fritters at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Ham and cheese fritters at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

There were five of them, small, so I was a bit surprised when the dish came.

 Ham and cheese fritters at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Ham and cheese fritters at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Fortunately, they were good: crispy outside, delightfully greasy and gooey as advertise. 

 Ham and cheese fritters at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Ham and cheese fritters at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

The third dish was the grilled maitake mushroom with goat cheese and Fresno pepper vinaigrette:

 Grilled Maitake Mushroom at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Grilled Maitake Mushroom at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

This was fantastic: not only presentation wise, but taste wise, the two main components pairing perfectly together, the star being the mushroom that had this nice charred taste. 

Then was the charred octopus, served with market potatoes and a grilled ramp vinaigrette:

 Charred octopus at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Charred octopus at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

I love octopus and my craving was definitely satisfied: tender, it also had a nice char taste. I did not really care at that point about the potatoes. 

 Charred octopus at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Charred octopus at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

The last dish was our dessert: the churros with an apricot cajeta (Mexican thickened syrup). Normally, it is a pineapple cajeta, but I guess they were out of it. No big deal: these churros were divine.

 Churros at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Churros at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Freshly made, they had a nice crunch and an addictive taste that make them one of my favorite guilty pleasures...

My drink of choice for this brunch? Espresso!

 Espresso at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

Espresso at ABC Cocina in New York, NY

The brunch at ABC Cocina was fantastic. Yes it is on the pricey side, but it is definitely worth it and I can't wait to go back and try some other mouth watering dishes. 

Enjoy (I did)!

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