If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a total foodie. Food is such a great part of any culture, and amazing food is the ultimate experience. Rayuela was just that. Previously I blogged about Macondo, which is the sister restaurant to Rayuela owned by our wonderful friend Hector. Hector is from Spain, and has opened both restaurants in the last year and a half, and the news is spreading fast. Both of Hector's restaurants have the right ingredients: Amazing food that people talk about, fantastic ambiance, a strong botiquey brand design, and a great location in the lower east side of Manhatten. Rayuela will reside in my top 2(sitting right next to Monsoon)
The experience was a great one. I went with my good friend and fellow foodie, Mel Barlow, who is good friends with Hector. He sat down with us here and there and gave us his recommendations for the menu. Just looking at the menu made me insane. I wanted to order one of everything!
Here is our chosen consumptions based on Hectors recs:
lemon thyme, grapefruit juice, G’Vine Gin, Manzanilla Sherry, dash of orange bitters.
sage leaves, Anjou pear, Luxardo Maraschino Liquor, Grey Goose Pear.
strawberries, peaches, mango, marinated in 44 North huckleberry vodka, Cava Rose.
Huachinango con Soya
Red snapper marinated in a ginger soy citrus sauce with a rainbow of julienne peppers, cucumbers and jalapeno, sprinkled with sesame seeds
Mushroom Soup (not on the menu, so I don't know the exact ingredients)
Shrimp, crab, and avocado wrapped in sliced tuna served with cucumbers in a soy vinaigrette
Grilled Chilean seabass with manchego yucca mangu and a chorizo-salsa verde salad
Carne a la Parrilla
Grilled beef tenderloin with oven roasted potatoes, mushrooms, diced spanish onions, pork belly and cabrales fondue
Rayuela is a must experience if you're in New York City!