Cosme has caused a big buzz, apparently. I can see why: sleek, chick setting, and a modern interpretation of Mexican food.
In Sydney, Australia, while some nicer Mexican restaurants have opened up in the last years, it’s certainly not fine dining. So, this felt like a particularly cool NYC experience to eat here.
The earliest lunch reservation we could get was for 1:45pm, though it didn’t seem completely packed when we arrived.
Their Bloody Marias ($17) which you can choose between three different chilis, were bloody fantastic. The tomato juice was thinner, in a good way, than what I’m used to, filled with spices and came with a handy jicama stick to stir it with.
The Arctic Char, tostada, elderberries, yuzu and avocado ($21) was a perfect dish. Very lightly cured fish. Great combo of crunch and soft.
My better half was not as impressed with the Huevos rancheros, refried black beans, mushrooms and queso fresco ($24) and thought it a little weird. I quite liked the fancy interpretation of something I’ve had in diners. Perfectly poached eggs, interesting mushrooms, fresh cheese.
The duck carnitas, to share ($34), were recommended, and were a standout. Fresh corn tortillas, and nice garnish but the star of the dish: a melt in your mouth, perfectly cooked duck.
No room for dessert. The (rave) review in the NYT classified this restaurant as expensive, so escaping for $135 for the two us was as good or better than I expected.
The service was attentive and efficient. We liked this place, yes we did!