If the Holidays and that Valentine’s Day date still got your wallet down, you don’t need to sacrifice your refined tastes by being on a budget! Kicking off today, February 17 until March 7, hundreds of restaurants in Manhattan will be offering three-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner, at $25 and $38, during NYCGo’s Restaurant Week. We took it upon ourselves to drool over prix-fixe menus and choose the best Latin spots to check out, which all serve traditional Latin dishes with a refreshing and modern twist, just for you. Don’t forget to try out the rest of the list to discover some hidden gems around the city! Full listings HERE.
Barraca is a Spanish tapas spot in a cozy corner in the West Village, serving up a few of our favorite things: paella and sangria. The team behind some of our other faves, Rayuela and Macondo, will be offering a tapas menu including kale salad with manchego cheese and pumpkin seeds, croquetas de jamon, lamb meatballs and more. The one thing you shouldn’t pass up is their massive serving of paella (mariscos or veggie.) The paella serves up to six people but it might just be delicious enough for just you and your date. We won’t tell.
I love La Esquina so if their former Executive Chef is now at La Cenita, their menu will not disappoint (even though the restaurant is in the Meatpacking District…). Within their 2 floor restaurant there is a delicious menu of Mexican inspired small dishes and cocktails. Stand-outs on the menu include the fish tacos with pistachio mole and mango, roasted branzino and a chicken dish with queso fresco and plantain. Their dessert game may be killing it all though, with a choice of churros (including spicy jame, tequila chocolate and dulce de leche sauces) and their chocolate tres leches.
If you want some comfort food, you go to Sazón. The Puerto Rican/Pan-Latin restaurant in TriBeCa is the sister to Sofrito on 57th Street. Their lunch menu has everything you need, empanadas, churrasco salad or pernil with pigeon peas rice. The dinner menu also includes our favorite fried goodies of calamari, fried shrimp or empanadas, with entrees of pernil, churrasco or paella. Dessert is either chocolate molten cake or coconut flan served with a shot of coquito. This place know how to do it right.
Rocking Horse Cafe is the type of Mexican restaurant that makes handmade tortillas fresh every day. This spot in Chelsea is vibrant and perpetually packed, and their menus and potent margaritas are to blame. Rocking Horse serves many traditional Mexican dishes such as tamales, tacos, mixiote and more, but the menu has some fresh touches like a pomegranate charred chicken and and pickled cabbage enchiladas, and duck confit blue corn crepas. Go on and be fancy.
Chef Julieta Ballesteros is a native of Monterrey, Mexico has been on everyones radar since opening her own Mexican restaurant with a sophisticated flare, Crema. With all her success with Crema, she’s gone on to compete in Iron Chef America and has recently opened China Latina, proving to the world that this girl really knows her Mexican food. For your prix fixe dinner at Crema, don’t miss the sopa de tortilla, arroz frito a la Mexicana, and cinnamon dusted churros! Nom nom.