Rayuela: Great Latin food, superb desserts and a live tree20 Oct 2011, Posted by Rayuela, Reviews in
Rayuela has the best Latin food (they call it “freestyle Latino Cuisine”) I’ve eaten in New York in years. Two of the dishes were true standouts: The Paella Verde ($30) with cilantro and parsley-infused Valencia rice, shrimp, clams, rabbit, chicken, tomatillo poblano aioli and their roasted Chilean sea bass with Idiazabal-yuca cream, shrimp mousse andvotapá sauce. One of our group pronounced himself to be a real Paella expert and said this was the best he could recall.
Rayuela’s plated desserts were also superb. The best was the Paraíso de cítricos ($9), that consisted of a Yuzu infused cake, layered mandarin-apricot gelée, creamy milk chocolate mousse and ginger ice cream. All three layers fit together perfectly and the gelee was particularly flavorful. The ice cream that was served had very mild flavors–some might find them too subtle but I liked the low sweetness factor.
Whether you go to Rayuela for the savory or for the desserts (or to see for the giant tree in the middle of the restaurant), you will not be disappointed.
Rayuela is located at 165 Allen St. Their website is here.