31 W 17th St
New York NY 10011
(212) 675-7223
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After toiling anonymously at places like Wallsé and Tocqueville, journeyman chef George Mendes steps into the spotlight with an Iberian-accented menu. See the review of this American Nouveau restaurant at 31 W. 17th St. in Manhattan.
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Tasting Table
Don't skip the stunning small bites and appetizers. During a recent meal, we loved the sea urchin toast with mustard seed and octopus cooked on la plancha:
Sleek, modern dining with rustic yet refined seafood dishe
La Dolce Vita
One Michelin star.
Approach Guides
Another great (and affordable) red wine option: La Ferme Saint Pierre's 'Roi Faineant', Ventoux AOC. Big, ripe plum-like fruit. 2007 was an outstanding vintage. A no brainer!
jin kim
Arroz de pato-duck confit. don't miss this dish. Absolutely perfect. grilled octopus with heiroom tomato and burrata was also a perfect appetizer.
Seb Bench
Sit at the chef's bar for amazing insight into how this great food is created!
Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
Enjoy Chef George Mendes’ Iberian-inflected creations. The dining counter overlooking the master at work is perfect for a solo bite while the second floor dining room is great for a group. -Inspector
George Mendes’s Flatiron spot is Adam Platt’s pick for the best Portuguese in New York. Featured in Where to Eat 2011!
The Corcoran Group
Great atmosphere – love the open kitchen. Try the Spanish Octopus, Shrimp Alhinho, Arrox De Pato and the Pork Belly.
Gansevoort Hotel Group
We recommend the Red Snapper stew of tomato, leeks, saffron and mussels
George Mendes innovative take on Portuguese is both impressive and adorable. Bonus points for the enjoyable ambiance, with one of the best chef's counters in town. [Eater 38 Member]
Approach Guides
Looking for a big, sophisticated red wine? Opt for d'Anguera's 'Finca L'Argata' from Montsant, Spain. The Montsant DO offers great, well-priced wines (think of them as value-priced Priorat). Salud!
Try out the "very New York–ified, Manhattanized, upscale-refined treatment of Portuguese" Frank Bruni talked about in his NY Diet. He's a fan of the baby goat three ways and the duck rice.
The Wall Street Journal
Good choices include the mussel soup with sausage, an open-faced sea urchin sandwich, plank-grilled Spanish mackerel in escabeche juice, and diver scallops with risotto and orange.
Christophe Jammet
This place is one of my favorites- fantastic dishes, super food quality, a beautiful space, and a modern yet unpretentious space. It's also at a great price point.
Get the sea urchin sandwich!
Kevin Kearney
If you thought you were afraid of sea urchin make this place the one to break you in (especially if you generally prefer meat)
How To Make It In America
George Mendes innovative take on Portuguese is both impressive and adorable. Bonus points for making an actual enjoyable ambiance out of a narrow, difficult space.
Dan Kim
request the chef's counter when making a reservation. once seated, look up.
Leslie Holland
get the sonhos (fritters) for dessert.
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