|Ofrenda: Neighborhood Mexican in the West Village|
One of our eaters recently stopped by Ofrenda, the a relatively new addition the West Village restaurant scene. What she found was delicious, comforting, authentic Mexican fare and a new go-to neighborhood spot. Check out the full review by Erin Frankel!
It is very interesting to see how naturally these ingredients can be wedded. Chef Luis adds the Italian-inspired garlic to his Camarones al Ajillo y Chile de Arbol (shrimp with white wine, and garlic butter); Mexican-izes the traditionally French goat cheese dish here as a starter with corn truffle, pepper jack cheese and red pepper; and uses French sauces to complement many of his dishes like the Chicken Enchilada or the Pan-Seared Scallops.
Chef Luis manages to maintain a level of sophistication without breaking the bank. All of the entrees are priced under $20 and the extensive 20-bottle wine list includes many unique Mexican varieties under $40. The cocktail list is also very interesting: most of the signature drinks are spiced mezcal and tequila-inspired concoctions like the favorite, “Mexican Lady” - a mixture of Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, mezcal, prickly pear, lime juice and agave.
Overall, Chef Luis makes Ofrenda a most inviting space with Mexican “home-style” cooking at its best.
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