Alex Raij and Eder Montero have added an adjacent dining room to their tiny Chelsea tapas spot, El Quinto Pino, and they'll start serving an expanded menu of food and wine there tonight. Raij says they modeled the new space, called El Comedor, after the dining rooms that "live hidden behind the bars of Spain." Unlike the original 400-square-foot bar, the new room has real tables to sit at, and is meant to serve the lunch crowd and the lingerers.
The menu includes all the same tapas found at the bar, plus several new dishes. Those range from rabbit dirty rice and sea anemone in soft scrambled eggs to Roman-style anchovies with vanilla butter and a meat plate of chorizo and housemade spreadable Menorcan sausage. There are a few new cocktails, plus new wines by the glass and a bottle list focused on little known varietals, production areas and producers. El Comedor opens for dinner tonight, and will introduce lunch and brunch soon. The space was designed by Silvia Zofio of SZprojects. Check back later this week for a full photo tour, but for now here's a sneak peek inside the new space.
· All Coverage of El Quinto Pino [~ENY~]