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Fine Dining Vet Brings Basque Cuisine to Two Bridges

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Ernesto’s from chef Ryan Bartlow is ready to roll

Brown chairs are lined up behind the bar, while a chandelier hangs from the ceiling
Ernesto is the first solo restaurant for fine dining veteran Ryan Bartlow
Rachel Vanni/Ernesto’s [Official]

Ryan Bartlow — a chef with experience at some of the most well-regarded restaurants in the country like Alinea in Chicago and Frenchette in Tribeca — opened his new Spanish restaurant Ernesto’s over the weekend in the Two Bridges area, a neighborhood that’s turned into a formidable dining destination over the past few years.

Food from the Basque region of Spain is the focus at Ernesto’s. Bartlow spent his early 20s cooking at Akelarre, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, and wanted to bring some of the cooking techniques and foods from the region to New York City.

The menu features a wide variety of items including pinxtos, a tapas-style snack. Dishes include a mix of traditional fare like a hake that’s fried and served with roasted peppers, and the salted cod that’s served in a pepper sauce. There are also new creations like the chicken croquettes with caviar. Desserts include torrijas, a Spanish-style French toast served with ice cream and a chocolate cake paired with olive oil ice cream. The restaurant notes that the menu changes daily, so things might look different in the coming months.

A white bowl on a marble table with a piece of toast and calamari with black squid ink in it
Calamari with squid ink
Rachel Vanni/Ernesto’s [Official]
A white plate on a marble table holds a sunny-side up fried egg, and pieces of pig’s ears
Pig’s ear with lentils and fried egg
Rachel Vanni/Ernesto’s [Official]

The restaurant at 259 East Broadway seats 50 in a space with exposed brick walls, chairs with leather cushioning, and large windows that overlook Montgomery Street. An adjacent coffee shop focusing on breakfast pastries and pintxos in the evening will seat more, though that cafe does not yet have an opening date.

Prior to opening Ernesto’s, Bartlow worked as the executive chef at Quality Eats, the NYC steakhouse that’s a favorite among industry insiders. He also helped open acclaimed Tribeca French bistro Frenchette, and has a lot of experience working in fine dining establishments. This is his first solo restaurant.

Ernesto’s now joins several buzzed-about restaurants in the Two Bridges neighborhood including Golden Diner, California-style restaurant Dimes, Mission Chinese, and Taste of Northern China.

Ernesto’s is open Monday to Thursday from 5:30 to 11 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to Midnight. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.

Chef Ryan Bartlow has his hands crossed in front of him, dressed in a white chef’s jacket, standing against a painting in the restaurant
Ryan Bartlow previously worked as the executive chef at steakhouse Quality Eats
Rachel Vanni/Ernesto’s [Official]

Ernesto's

259 East Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10002 (646) 692-8300 Visit Website

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