Ortzi at the Luma Hotel

 Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

I passed so many times In front of the Luma hotel, barely noticing the restaurant located on the first floor. Little I knew that this place, Ortzi, would be a fantastic experience, service and food wise. With its beautiful and warm decor, and its open kitchen where unfortunately Chef Jose Garces was absent, it does not have an hotel feel. 

 Dining room at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Dining room at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

 Dining room at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Dining room at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

 Opened kitchen at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Opened kitchen at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Serving Basque specialties, their menu is tapas style with quite few choices of cazuelas that are dishes cooked in terra-cotta hot pots. Here is what I tried:

As a cocktail, I chose the Aragon Special (Lustau Brandy de Jerez Solera Reserva, Bitters and Absinthe): 

 Aragon Special Cocktail at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Aragon Special Cocktail at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Then then brought us some Majorca bread that was so good!

 Majorca bread at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Majorca bread at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

As an amuse, they bought us some delicious paella balls, similar to rice balls but with a seafood paella in it. 

 Paella balls at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Paella balls at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

I was curious to try their pulpo or braised octopus. The presentation surprised me: the octopus was cut in thin slices, like a carpaccio. It was very good, but I admit that I prefer it served uncut so you really get more texture. 

 Braised octopus at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Braised octopus at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Jodi got their salad with a blue cheese sauce that was composed of lettuce, lemon confit and brioche croutons. Good and not overdressed. 

 Salad at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Salad at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

I then went for their lamb chops that were fantastic, perfectly cooked medium. 

 Lamb chops at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Lamb chops at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

We also shared some sides. The first one was the setas or seasonal wild mushrooms that had a nice kick. 

 Wild mushrooms at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Wild mushrooms at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

And the patatas asturianas or crispy potatoes that were definitely...crispy. A quite good side served with tomato and La Peral, a cheese from Spain. 

 Patatas Asturianas at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Patatas Asturianas at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Last was dessert. We opted for the Copa Caramel, that was made with a milk chocolate cream, caramel espuma, Pedro Ximenez, Orange and sea salt. This was a fantastic dessert, very creamy and quite decadent.

 Copa Caramel at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

Copa Caramel at Ortzi at the Luma Hotel in NYC

We had a great time at Ortzi and the food was amazing. I definitely recommend this place!

Enjoy (I did)!

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Ortzi at The Luma Hotel - 120 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

 
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