Philly hot shot chef Jose Garces' long anticipated Battery Park City outpost of tapas restaurant Amada finally opens tonight. The chef signed on to make his New York debut back in 2014, making it the third location of the hit Spanish restaurant. Amada earned Garces a James Beard Award for best chef of the mid-Atlantic when it opened a decade ago, and the new location is expected to be similar to the original. The Brookfield Place restaurant will be one of the few full-service dining spots in the center, with a cafe next door for light breakfast and lunch.
Well-known dishes from the original Philadelphia location, such as an empanada with manchego, spinach, and an artichoke escabeche, will be available, but New York's menu will see several additions as well. New offerings include a lamb tartare with romesco verde and idiazabel, a white asparagus soup with duck butifarra and pistachio, and a Pig Program, a large format dinner featuring a roasted suckling pig. Gilt alum Justin Bogle is the chef de cuisine, and acclaimed former La Bernardin and current La Sirena pastry chef Michael Laiskonis designed the Spanish-leaning dessert menu. Expect dishes like an egg cream with vanilla, orange meringue and pistachio sponge cake from him. Check out the full menu below, and let us know what you think if you stop by.