No it’s not just the name of a Diddy song. Coming home also describes the experience of dining with chef Maximo Tejada at either of his Freestyle Latin Cuisine restaurants, Macondo or Rayuela on the Lower East Side.
A fusion of spirit, street and pure inspiration make this a divine experience for us mere mortals.
The tropical Lobster Ceviche is magical with a fusion of flavor, citrus and delicate flakes of tender lobster that melt in your mouth and transport you to a Caribbean island. Macondo is, in fact, the made up location where Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” takes place.
Among the choices: crispy calamari that speaks to all five-senses, the Brazilian style meatballs with guava sauce and mouth watering duck Confit tacos with roasted peaches and caramelized onions. Choices such as these make them a fire-starter on the foodie front lines.
Even, the mixologist delivers complex and bold flavors with fresh squeezed fruit extracts. Most notably, the Avocado Mezcal Cocktail, a signature drink. Although, we loved it without the bacon flavored salted rim.
So skip the stress of putting together an at home dinner party and take it on the road with Chef Maximo’s team of culinary genius. The open kitchen environment makes everyone feel like a private guest in his own kitchen. These affordable small plates are truly heartfelt, inspired and well worth the wait.
Macondo, 157 East Houston Street (212-473-9900 or macondonyc.com)