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Nomad’s Patent Pending Team Opens a Mostly Vegetarian Mexican Restaurant Next Door

Plus, Greenpoint favorite Esme reopens for service this week — and more intel

An underground bar with several wooden tables and chairs, along with a long bar countertop to the right where there are several stools
Seeyamañana opens for dinner on April 16
Jacob Williamson/Seeyamañana

Seeyamañana opens in Nomad today

The team behind Nomad’s popular underground cocktail bar Patent Pending has opened a Mexican restaurant next door, where tacos and tostadas are made mostly meat-free.

Located on the basement level of 49 West 27th Street, near Sixth Avenue, Seeyamañana is turning its attention to marinated fruits and root vegetables. Here, chef Carlos Chavarria is making tacos stuffed with lesser-seen fillings — including poblano pepper, apple, raisin, and banana — alongside a selection of limey, vegetarian ceviches. Patent Pending owner Ryan McKenzie is handling drinks at the new restaurant, which include leveled-up micheladas and frozen mezcal and tequila margaritas for summertime drinking.

Seeyamañana joins a growing number of Mexican restaurants that have opted to focus on vegetarian and vegan cooking in recent months. For All Things Good, which debuted in Bed-Stuy last July, serves meat as a now-and-again special, but mostly focuses on seasoned fungi, legumes, and flowers. More recently, the team behind Oxomoco in Greenpoint opened Xilonen, a Mexican restaurant whose al pastor and chorizo is decidedly meat-free. Seeyamañana, the latest addition to this welcome trend, is open for outdoor and indoor dining from 5 to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, and starting at 10 a.m. on weekends.

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— Montreal-style bagel shop Black Seed Bagels is bringing its pan pizza pop-up to Brooklyn next month. Black Seed Pizza will operate out of the company’s Bushwick bagel shop, located at 379 Suydam Street.

— Greenpoint new American favorite Esme is back open this week following a months-long temporary closure due to the pandemic. The restaurant’s backyard is open for service, as is its recently renovated dining room.

— A new location of Craft + Carry opens on the Upper West Side today, according to a spokesperson. Located at 466 Amsterdam Avenue, the craft beer shop is the company’s sixth in New York City.

— Piroshki, vatrushka, and other Eastern European pastries shine at the Dacha 46 pop-up, New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield finds.

— Scott Lynch at Gothamist splits a tray of Portuguese barbecue from Galinha, a newly opened ghost kitchen from chef Franklin Becker.

— The owner of Russian supermarket Tashkent dropped $18 million to open a third location of the grocery store in Bay Ridge, Commercial Observer reports.

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