A new eatery tucked inside the ABC Carpet and Home store is a Latin-themed spin-off to the popular ABC Kitchen. Zagat editor Kelly Dobkin filed the following report.
The second Jean-Georges eatery to within ABC Carpet and Home, ABC Cocina, is located in the former Pipa space and was designed by creative director and chief executive Paulette Cole.
"We've always been deeply inspired by nature and see that as our great mentor in so many ways," Cole says. "And when you plug into nature and literally just translate that in a really natural flow, you're able to manifest really beautiful spaces."
The menu takes influences from Mexican, South American and Spanish cuisine. Chef Dan Kluger and chef de cuisine Ian Coogan utilize locally sourced ingredients to put some innovative spins on old favorites.
"The restaurant that was here before, also a Phil Suarez property, Pipa, was a very successful Spanish, tapas-style, so we didn't want to part too far from that," Coogan says. "We like the idea of the sort of tapas-style, small plates and share items, but wanted to play around with more of the flavors.
Among the many unique menu items, Coogan's take on guacamole is one of the eatery's top sellers.
"Depending on how many people, one avocado's a nice size portion, but you can always go more," Coogan says. "This is the mixture of peas that are crushed with cilantro and jalapenos, some chopped scallions, a little bit of lime juice, and then we just take a whisk and mash it up together. And we finish it with some toasted sunflower seeds, and just finish with a little touch of cilantro as well, and some fresh peas to finish off the dish."