With each season comes a slew of highly anticipated new eateries debuting in NYC, and this winter, Mena has been on the top of our list.
Now, the stylish Tribeca restaurant is finally opening its doors, and you're going to want to be one of the first inside.
The first solo venture from acclaimed chef Victoria Blamey, who sharpened her skills at renowned spots including Chumley's, Gotham Bar & Grill, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Mena pays homage to her South American roots and decades of inspiration gleaned from the kitchens she's worked in around the globe.
With a spotlight on South American techniques and seasonal, farm-sourced produce, Blamey's standout dishes include NJ Monkfish, VT Woodbury Pheasant, and ME Snow Island Oysters, along with plenty of vegetable-focused plates like Savoy Cabbage, Kyoto Carrot, Verona Radicchio, and Upstate Abundance Potato.
Served alongside a beverage program which highlights seasonal fruits, South American spirits and agua frescas, as well as global, biodynamic wines, the menu is sure to become an instant foodie favorite. The airy, 50-seat space, featuring cobalt blue banquettes and a chic brass-accented bar, meanwhile, definitely calls to the fashionable dine-and-be-seen crowd.
Click through for your first look inside!
Mena, 28 Cortlandt Alley
[Photos courtesy Mena]