Ever so rarely in this darling city of ours do you hit the restaurant trinity: amazing food, fabulous vibe, and top-notch service. One? All over the place. Two? No problem. But three out of three? That’s a rarity I’m certainly willing to sing about.
Last night I had the true pleasure to dine in a place that excelled in all three areas, plus introduced a lovely urban Mediterranean concept that is quite brilliant and will sure to be making a splash in the restaurant industry, the West Village’s Melibea. Chef Alex Urena creates dishes that are inspired by countries touching the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Morocco and Turkey. Put a NYC urban twist on things, and you have exquisitely presented dishes that are fresh and savory on the tastebuds, and aesthetically pleasing on the eyes. Wouldn’t you agree?
I also applaud that the produce is sourced locally right here in NYC from local farmer’s markets. In chatting with the bartender, I found that whatever is fresh and good that day at the market is what inspires the evening’s menu.
Chef Alex states, “I’m honored to lead the kitchen at Melibea and I’m excited to take our guests on a culinary tour of the Mediterranean. My approach is honest and consistent cooking that entertains the palate with bold flavors. I think our new menu will engage our guests’ intellects as well.”
It certainly did, Chef Alex. I’m already booking a table for our next double date.WHERE: Melibea 2 Bank Street New York, New York
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By: Jessica Tiare Bowen