Right this moment, the good folks at design firm AvroKO and a bevy of construction workers are transforming the Wild Salmon space into the New York location of Zengo, a Latin-Asian fusion spot owned by Mexican chef Richard Sandoval and opera man Placido Domingo. Wild Salmon's sea of copper fish are down, but a look around reveals there's still some major work to go before the massive space opens up on March 24. For now, a glimpse of what's to come:
The space is comprised of three floors and features an 170 seat main dining room, a sushi bar, a sake/shochu lounge seating 40-60 on couches, a large wine cellar, and a tequila library bar called "La Biblioteca" (if you buy a bottle, you can keep it in the library and drink from it on return visits). In lieu of El Chod's cooper fish, Zengo will hang a custom made chandelier from El Salvador in the middle of dining room along with a number of beams hanging from ropes.
What should diners expect from Akhtar Nawab's menu? Chicken satay empandas, Oaxaca cheese mashed potatoes, and other items that are a far cry from what he was putting out over at the defunct Elettaria. A note from the press materials: "The ZENGO menu marries traditional Latin with authentic Asian to create a vibrant cuisine; sauces and spices of varying origin and intensity are combined to create original flavors." Excitement. Small plates will run $5 - 14, while larger entrees are $16 - 26. More on this sushi-empanada emporium when she's ready to debut.
· All Zengo Coverage [~ENY~]