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Best of April 2015
May 17, 2015

The best of April goes to Cosme. I know, I know, I am a little late to the Cosme fan club but it is hard to get a reservation at a decent time during the weekend so it took me a while to check out this popular place.

Cosme dinning area
Cosme menu

Cosme opened it's doors in 2014 in Flatiron. They serve contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine by chef Enrique Olvera.

Mexican food became my second home cuisine seventeen years ago and I learned the beauty of Mexican cuisine (pricisely New Mexican food) over time. There are good taco places in New York City but I still have not found a Mexican place that wows me. So ever since I heard about Cosme, I have been very eager to try their food.

Cosme blue corn tortilla chips
Purple asparagus, white eggplant, and green almond salsa Sliced raw hamachi, marinated Serrano, fish sauce, and black limes

Homemade blue corn tortilla chips (top)
Purple asparagus, white eggplant, and green almond salsa(bottom left)
Sliced raw hamachi, marinated Serrano, fish sauce, and black limes (bottom right)

The restaurant is very modern, open, and sophisticated but not stuffy like some of Upper Manhattan restaurants. It is definitely not your local Mexican restaurant either. You can almost imagine the kind of food they serve once you step into the restaurant.

The menu is not large but everything looked very interesting. I tried a purple asparagus with white eggplant dish and hamachi crudo as a starter. Both dishes were wonderful but especially the asparagus was wonderful. The eggplant soaked up the flavor of the salsa and turned it into a great condiment for the asparagus. It was spicy for me (not for many people) but it was such a flavorful and interesting food - kind of a Mexican meets Thai dish.

Their complimentary blue corn tortilla chips were just amazing, by the way.

Half lobster pibil and potato tamal
Half lobster pibil, chorizo, black bean purée Potato tamal, ayocote beans, fresh ricotta

Half lobster pibil, chorizo, black bean purée (left)
Potato tamal, ayocote beans, fresh ricotta (right)

The next two dishes were also enjoyable. The half lobster pibil ("pibil is a cooking technique that involves wrapping meat in banana leaves, marinating it in sour orange and achiote and baking it in a hand-dug barbecue pit in the ground for several hours" excerpted from here) served with warm tortilla was surprisingly good. The lobster was soft and sweet and the black beans were silky. The chorizo added further unusual flavors to an already unusual combination of the two but they all got along well, I thought.

Although the potato tamal was good, it was a bit overwhelmed by the fresh ricotta. It was less memorable but still a great dish.

Cosme dessert menu
Lemon mousse, avocado, coconut sorbet, marcona almond Lemon mousse, avocado, coconut sorbet, marcona almond

Lemon mousse, avocado, coconut sorbet, marcona almond

Their signature dessert is husk meringue and corn mousse and I am sure 90% of their guests order it. I knew I would come back soon so I decided to skip the corn dessert and ordered the seasonal lemon mousse dessert since I thought I may not be able to taste it next time. It was good to finish with a lighter dessert that night.

The portions are not big at Cosme and they recommended ordering three dishes per person. It was enough food for two of us especially since it was almost midnight after we left the restaurant.

Luckily, I have another reservation this month since my mother in-law will come to visit us from New Mexico. I can't wait to try the corn dessert next.

One very last thing that I need to mention. Their margaritas were awesome.

Cosme
35 E 21st. St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 913-9659
www.cosmenyc.com

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