Table Talk: La Zarza

La Zarza Restaurant
166 1st Ave
New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 477-1111
Hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri 6pm-4am
Sat 12pm-4am, Sun 12pm-1am

Imagine this: a candle-lit environment with dim red lighting, dark curtains, live flamenco music— this alone is worth a visit—and a vibe that screams “Hot, Sexy, Latin, Fuego!”

From the moment I entered La Zarza I felt as if I was having some sort of secret affair. The melodrama died down once the waiter came and my novio and I were seated, but the atmosphere was still totally romantic. We started off with the delicious Strawberry Caipiroska (muddled strawberries, vodka, and lime). The food is a combo of Spanish and Argentinean with a nouveau twist.

Instead of your typical bread basket they served theirs with a chick pea puree like hummus, but slightly different. The Costillas al membrillo $9 (glazed boneless short ribs with caramelized onions) were so tender they melted in my mouth. Cangrejo alioli $16 (Soft shell crab and crab meat sitting on top of scallions, fresh spinach and potatoes with a light foam of aliolo and cream) was different, but still good, and the Datiles $9 (Almond stuffed dates wrapped on smoked bacon) provided a great flavor combo of sweet and salty. The Cod fish came with a sweet potato mash that had peppers and garlic and was to-die-for. If you’re looking for a romantic night out or a place to party, as this place turns into a club on weekend, then come check out La Zarza.

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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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