Mexican culinary mastermind Enrique Olvera's first New York project Cosme is in soft opening mode right now, and taking day-of reservations through Saturday. A tipster sends along these snapshots of the menu and so far, it looks like Olvera and his team are sticking to their promises: most of the menu is below $25 and the dishes aren't strictly Mexican. Instead, this is what a creative Mexican chef cooks when he is exposed to New York state ingredients. Case in point: There's a dish of burrata with "weeds" and a mussel tostada with Russian salad and chipotle mayo. There's also a new al pastor in town (sorry, Alex Stupak), but this one's far from traditional: it's a tataki al pastor. Desserts make up about a third of the relatively small menu, and most of them have savory elements like nixtamalized parsnip, Greek yogurt, amaranth ice cream. Drinks are a mix of house cocktails and Mexican classics.
Soft opening menus don't always stick around, but typically at least some of the items do. On Instagram, it looks like Olvera's been playing with some other dishes like one made with tongue and a bean and radish salad, so those (or others) could make an appearance when the restaurant "officially" opens next Tuesday.
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