July 31st, 2010. jenn ‘s nyc – macondo nyc
After the opera a friend met up with me and offered to show me around the Lower East. We headed to the lower east side where we visited a couple bars and even stopped for some gelato!
First we visited a friend’s tapas bar called Macondo, a self professed casual Latino eatery. Macondo’s got a nautical Latin street feel. It’s dim lighting, wooden decor and “fish bowl” light fixtures are paired with second-hand plastic booths & fish nets, but somehow the place doesn’t feel cheap. I guess the flair of the menu and the trademark drinks have a hand in that. The super friendly staff bring a great energy to the place. It’s great to go to with friends to just chill, enjoy a few cool drinks and just feel like your part of a scene
The Taco (Pernil Pork) was the first to come out. Now, I love tacos, so I was disappointed that the tacos were so dry! It was mainly due to the corn tortillas; they were literally crumbling in my hands. Maybe they are made in house? In anycase, they need to check that out.
The green drink you see behind the plate is the Aguacate + Mezcal, The house special cocktail! Honey, Avocado, Agave Nectar, Agwa Bolivia, Combier, Lime Juice & Scorpion Mezcal. What an interesting combination!
Another dish we got was the Ceviche/Vieras Con Toroja: Bay Scallops, Wasabi Oil, Grapefruit Ginger Citrus Sauce, Sliced Potatoes and Onions topped with Deep Fried Tortilla Strips. Unlike the ceviche I had earlier in the day this one was more in-your-face in terms of the flavors. Also, since it was sitting in a martini glass there was more of the juices as we ate the ceviche. I really loved the citrus sauce, the spiciness of the wasabi oil and the big chunks of bay scallops 🙂
The final dish to arrive were the Almondegas: Brazillian Style Meatballs, Guava Sauce and Tetilla Cheese. The meatballs were meaty & very filling! The sauce? Well, as you can see it packs tons of flavor! Latin BBQ sauce? This has got to be it!
All in all, I’d have to say Macondo is great for socializing and for getting into a laid-back but energetic Latino vibe, but the food is a bit of a hit & miss. I think there needs to be a bit more balance, the execution of the dishes need to be sharper and consistency is key.