We were looking for a less traditional steakhouse, following our dinner at Prime and Beyond, a Korean steakhouse, few months ago, when we stumbled upon K Rico, a South American steakhouse located in Hell's Kitchen. I was definitely curious to see how this Latin flair would translate in the cooking of meat. And I was not disappointed.
First, this large place with a patio has a decor that reflects not only the South American theme, like cactus, but also steaks with a nice painting on one of the walls that had a colorful bull's head.
Food wise, their menu is not your usual steakhouse menu: no crab cake or slab of bacon. These two are usually my go to appetizers, but this time, we ended up with the arepas, made with corn flour, cheese (queso fresco) and chimichurri.
This was delicious, a bit too sweet, but still delicious, with lots of cheese in it. I should mention that it was thicker than the arepas I had in various restaurants, looking more like small cakes.
For her entrée, Jodi got the plantain encrusted roasted cod that was made with coconut lime butter, papaya and pomegranate relish. The taste of coconut definitely stood out over the perfectly cooked cod. I also liked the slight sweetness of the dish.
On my side, I ordered the 22oz ribeye, a beautiful piece of beef that was perfectly cooked medium-rare, that came on a piping hot skillet.
The meat was tender, juicy and there was a wonderful aroma that filled my nose, coming from the various herbs they cook or serve the meat with. Rosemary was the more pronounced one. It was a nice piece of ribeye, but had a bit too much fat on one side (I love that, but it was too much). Still, I recommend the ribeye.
As a side, we got some delicious plantains that were delightfully sweet.
To go with my steak, I got a glass of Pinot Noir, Etude Lyric 2014 from California.
Last was dessert. We were looking forward to try their tres leches and did not get disappointed at all: it was perfectly made, deliciously sweet, moist and with the correct firmness.
We had a great dinner at K Rico: the steak was very good, tender and juicy and their menu going beyond just being a steakhouse, making this place standing out. I should mention that, when we got the check, there was a guide for tipping, probably destined to tourists. It was in several languages: English, Spanish, French, etc. First time I saw that given by a restaurant!
Enjoy (I did)!
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