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ABC Kitchen’s Adjacent Latin Counterpart Opens in FlatironABC Cocina Replaces Pipa in Flatiron’s ABC Carpet & Home
It’s safe to say that the New York City culinary scene would be much different if Jean-George Vongerichten hadn’t made the move from Boston to New York nearly twenty years ago. Since then, he’s left quite the impression across a variety of cuisines, restaurants and neighborhoods, and ABC Cocina, his just-opened tapas/small plates restaurant located within ABC Carpet & Home, definitely lives up to expectations.
As longtime fans of its sister restaurant ABC Kitchen, we can’t get enough of this casual counterpart formerly known as Pipa. Start with a carafe of passion fruit white or hibiscus red sangria ($44) or enjoy an assortment of fruit-infused cocktails ($13-$16) like a moonshine mojito or basil jalapeño margarita at the marble bar, or snag one of the steel tables with a view of the open kitchen under the twinkle of a large chandelier.
The Mexican, Spanish and Latin-influenced menu takes the same locavore approach to cooking as ABC Kitchen, featuring many seasonal ingredients sourced from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket, including many of Vongerichten’s favorites: chiles, citrus and cilantro. The small plates are split into six categories—table snacks, light & bright, golden & crispy, masa & tortillas, wood burning grill and rice—and includes many flavorful dishes like shrimp with sizzling garlic ($13), spring pea empanadas ($6), crispy fish tacos ($13) and housemade chorizo ($7). As the saying goes, “the way to the heart is the kitchen,” so make a reservation at ABC Cocina pronto!—CASSIE KREITNER
ABC Cocina | 38 E. 19th st. (off Broadway) | 212-677-2233