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The Early Word on Dani García's Manzanilla

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Recently, Gramercy became the proud home of a new Spanish Brasserie, Manzanilla. The restaurant from duo Dani García and Santiago Guerrero, who command similar concepts in Spain, and restaurateur Yann de Rochefort (Boqueria, Suba), is getting buzz across the internet for its clean execution of classic Southern Spanish cuisine, with dishes like Pulpo a la Gallega and Seared Iberico Pork "Presa." Here's what the chatter is all about:

The Good News: This Yelper writes a very detailed account of a meal: "All of the dishes were beautifully composed and plated, without being overly fussy. The tuna tartare appetizer was stunningly served in a large sea urchin shell (the tartare included some uni), nestled itself in a special ring of ice. I loved the glazed baby artichokes served with a softly poached egg." [Yelp]

The So-So News: Not completely blown away, one Eater commenter has this to say: "Went there tonight, and to my surprise, this place was almost packed. har... It was just OK good. Not amazing, but solid." [Eater Comments]

The Continental News: Another Yelper finds Manzanilla to be a great meeting place: "We met at Manzanilla on Monday night, President s day, with a large group of friends and family, Europeans and Americans and all were unanimous to say that the atmosphere and decor are great, the service is impeccable, and the food.... really fine, delicate and exceptional." [Yelp]

The Very Good News: One Facebook user is pleased with his experience: "Manzanilla is the real deal. The cooking is excellent, subtle and not in your face. Service is very good for a brand new place. For me, the hits were the squid ink and cuttlefish Croquettas, Tortilla Gaditana, seared scallops, tuna tartare, black rice (fantastic!) and rice pudding. The Iberico pork presa was good but basically lacked a distinct flavor as would have Ibericao Bellota Presa. Excellent wine list. I drak a 375 ml of Manzanilla sherry that worked for the whole meal. This is a place to put on your list if you like this kind of cooking. The place has a nice vibe, tolerable noise level and looks great too." [Facebook]

Some More Good News: Things are looking even better on the Twittersphere. @MarkOldman: "reminded...of miracle of pre-prandial DRY #sherry at new Iberian @ManzanillaNYC. Oxtail brioche will make yer knees knock." @DrinkPortuguese: "Several great items at the bar. Beautifully crafted space. A welcome addition." @AnneLiseTravels: "Just like its namesake, the new @ManzanillaNYC is as smooth & flavorful as Spanish sherry. Salud!" [Twitter]

The Surprising News: Another Facebooker offers up this insight: "had dinner tonight at a new spot in manhattan called Manzanilla from spanish 2-starred michelin chef dani garcia. honestly i have eaten at so many restaurants at this point in my life that it takes a lot to really impress / surprise me. the meal i had this evening blew me away." [Facebook]

The Yum News: On Foursquare, one user recommends: "Tuna Tartare with uni on top...yum!" While another suggests.: "Try the croquettes and the foie gras!!" [Foursquare]
?Elizabeth Chadwick
· All Coverage of Manzanilla [~ENY~]


Paseo Olas Altas 139, Zona Centro, Ensenada, B.C.


345 Park Ave South, New York, NY

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