The Tapas Bar and Restaurant Poster is a brand new household restaurant serving Colombian delicacies and tradition that lately opened in Hell’s Kitchen, run by Invoice Arango.
Whereas the playful and provocative identify attracts ties to maybe Colombia’s most notorious Pablo Escobar, it truly comes from a preferred Colombian telenovela, El Cartel de Los Sapos. From 2009 to 2011, Arango’s mom owned and operated a restaurant of the identical identify, The Bakery and Piqueteadero Cartel, in Queens the place she additionally served as a chef. Seeing comparatively few eating places that totally show Colombian delicacies in Manhattan, Arango determined to open the second iteration of El Cartel on a busy stretch of 9e Avenue in Manhattan to introduce the richness of flavors to as many individuals as attainable.
The restaurant’s menu is made up of typical dishes from the varied areas of Colombia that inform the delicacies of the nation and the recipes of Arango’s mom.
Notable Alternatives from the menu at El Cartel embody tapas resembling Shrimp ceviche: Shrimps dressed with lime juice, coriander, mango and purple onions in a home pink sauce; Arepitas: Three white corn pancakes every topped with rooster, chicharron and steak; and stuffed tostones: Three cuts of inexperienced plantain fried to perfection; every topped with octopus, rooster and steak, with a vegan possibility additionally accessible.
Entries embody Tray The poster: A well-paced dish consisting of a steak, a cooked egg, rice, kidney beans, chicharron, candy plantain, Colombian chorizo, arepita and avocado; Bonaventure Chest: Juicy rooster breast topped with a recent and creamy seafood sauce made with shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus and squid, served with white rice; and Seafood Casserole: Conventional Colombian seafood casserole made with shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus and squid served with white rice.
Desserts full a meal with Fried cheese: Fried cheese items with selfmade candy guava sauce; Slice: Wafers crammed with Arequipe cheese and selfmade blackberry sauce; and Figs in Syrup: Cheese and Arequipe sandwiches in a syrup soaked in figs.
The restaurant has a beverage program composed of Frozen Sangria made with white or pink wine in addition to a collection of imported and home beers by the bottle headlined by Aguila, the best-selling beer in Colombia. El Cartel will even provide a collection of wines and champagnes by the glass and by the bottle.
El Cartel is positioned at 613 9e Avenue (between 43rd and 44e Streets) and open Tuesday by way of Sunday for lunch and dinner. The restaurant additionally affords take-out and supply choices for purchasers.
Picture credit score: Courtesy of El Cartel