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Early Diners React to Cosme: What's the Spanish Word for Small Plates?

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Diners dig the dessert, but not the prices.

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Daniel Krieger

Cosme's still in its soft opening phase but tables are already hard to come by. Those lucky enough to snag a seat at Enrique Olvera's first New York project have been posting their thoughts — and photos — online giving a very early look at what to expect and what to order. The standout dishes so far are Olvera's octopus cocktail, cobia al pastor (originally listed as tataki al pastor), and New York strip with shishito peppers.

The desserts are getting very high marks, particularly a the husk meringue oozing corn mousse. One Yelper proclaims:

This strange-looking but somehow very attractive worth ordering for more than just the pretty picture. It's a big, white meringue shell with creamy corn mousse spilling out of the center. It sounds like a weird flavor combination, but it is really delicious. Get this.

And on Twitter another diner chimes in:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Goin&#39; hard on the Husk Meringue with Corn Mousse at <a href="">@cosmenyc</a>&#10; <a href="">#cosmenyc</a> <a href="">#eeeeeats</a> @ Cosme NYC <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Food Baby (@foodbabyny) <a href="">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The only complaint seems to be the bill. Earlier this year, Olvera promised that most of his dishes would be below a $25 price point but one Yelper bemoans the fact that "he left out that there would be two to three bites per dish.  Even someone used to eating at Estela every night would notice how little food was on each plate." In hard numbers: "Across four people, we had eight mains, two desserts and three rounds of drinks; the bill with tip came out to $480."

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