Loving Right Now: Melibea’s Urban Mediterranean Cuisine

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


What are you loving right now?  Share below!


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen




16 Responses to “Loving Right Now: Melibea’s Urban Mediterranean Cuisine”

  1. Agness says:

    I loooooove this restaurant and these dishes make me wanna have some Mediterranean food right now. It’s definitely, after Thai, favourite cuisine – healthy and so rich with flavors!

    • Used York City says:

      I do love the flavors it packs too, Agness! And the fact that it’s healthy makes you feel better about eating it often!:-)

  2. Kevin says:

    Nice plating!
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  3. I do like locally sourced food, and good to see that the US is beginning to adopt that ‘healthy’ mediterranean diet.
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  4. Agness says:

    Yummy, yummy post today I can see. That’s a nice place with such a great presented food. Mediterranean cuisine is one of my favourite!
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  5. I love anything with a touch of pomegranate seeds on. And I think one of the dishes seem to be pork belly? If yes I loooooooove that too.
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  6. Pamela Morse says:

    This all looks really good to me..In fact I have to go to the kitchen and whip something up after these pictures….
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  7. Yum! And you gotta love a chef who considers the intellect of its patrons. I’ve tentatively set the dates for our October 2014 NYC trip, and I’ve bookmarked Melibea. Hopefully it won’t be too difficult to get a reservation by then :)
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    • Used York City says:

      YAY! Do keep me posted as it gets closer, I would love to meet one of my favorite bloggers in person:-)

  8. Maria says:

    Wow! That all looks so good – I’ll take 1/2 dozen of EACH :-D
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