The Spanish chef discusses his new restaurant in New York City
Dani García is one of Spain’s most celebrated chefs — his restaurant Calima in Marbella has the distinction of having two Michelin stars. But his newest venture in New York is a change of pace from his usual tasting menu. The new Manzanilla, located in New York City, is described by García as a brasserie. Its intention is to bring in a wide array of diners who are looking to try Spanish food beyond the ever-present tapas. "Here we want to do something more special than tapas, but not fine dining. But this is a balance," he says.
García planned the menu around dishes that he felt would give diners an authentic experience. "I’m very happy with the dishes that have a very Spanish flavor, or Andalucian flavor," he says. "Like the cured scallop with ajo blanco... It’s a flavor of my area [that] I remember being at home with my mother and grandmother. Or the oxtail brioche; the flavor of the oxtail is also another flavor that is very usual in my area, that’s a very real Spanish taste."
For more from García, watch the video above! And if you want to try his food without having to head all the way to Spain, make sure to check out Manzanilla.