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Top Chef Style: Añejo Perfectly Pairs Small Plates and TequilaAngelo Sosa's Añejo NYC Pairs Small Plates with Tequila
Forget about wine pairings, an intoxicating Hell’s Kitchen spot is pouring out tequila to match your meal. It’s called Añejo Tequileria y Restaurante, the latest restaurant from famed Top Chef contestant Angelo Sosa, which opened in January.
The rustic tequileria—outfitted with reclaimed wood, exposed-brick walls, and a colorful mural—offers an inventive menu of small plates, all designed to match a large selection of cocktails (we’re talking more than 40 tequilas along with countless mezcals, Mexican beers, and margaritas, to name a few). And while the drink offerings can be somewhat overwhelming, the spot’s servers are trained to help diners pick the perfect cocktail to compliment each plate.
But saucing things up doesn’t mean you have to shell out a lot of green; Anejo’s comprehensive menu is surprisingly wallet-friendly. In fact, the most expensive item on the dinner menu is the $19 guacamole trio, which could easily feed a table of four. The flavorful starter is stocked with anejo, pineapple chipotle, and verde guacamole served with freshly made, giant sized tortillas.
Other dishes include fresh market salads—we loved the mushroom and pear variety with jicama, oregano, and hen of the wood mushroom ($12)—6 types of tacos (fish, short rib, chicken, and veggie, to name a few), and the best mushroom tamale we’ve ever had, steamed in a banana leaf or corn husk ($10).
You can round out your meal with five-dollar sides, and of course, traditional desserts (all $7) including tres leches cake, flan (with tequila caramel), and churros. If you’re really looking to spice up your fiesta, try the flight of tequila for $15. Salud! -CINDI AVILAAñejo Tequileria | 668 10th Ave (corner of W 47th Street)|212-920-4770