Sunday, January 3, 2016

New York , New York (Dec. 2015)

I just returned from my annual trip to New York City, and can happily report that I enjoyed two very delicious vegetarian meals at two very different Latin American restaurants. 

My first meal was at Toloache, a bustling Mexican restaurant in the Theater District that also has locations in the West Village and the Upper East Side.  I was excited to try this restaurant because it offered a separate vegetarian menu.  And the food and service did not disappoint!  The traditional guacamole, served with chips and a tangy salsa, was addictive.  And my entree -- mushroom and cactus tacos -- was spicy and flavorful.  I ordered vegetarian black beans and rice on the side.

Toloache's tortilla chips, guacamole, and salsa

Toloache's mushroom and cactus tacos

According to Toloache's website, the owner and chef is a protege of Richard Sandoval, who owns many of my favorite restaurants in Washington, DC, so I should not have been surprised that the place was so accommodating of dietary restrictions (both the regular menu and the vegetarian menu also clearly identify gluten-free items).

My second meal was at Cuba, an aptly named Cuban restaurant in the Village.  Although not evident on the version posted on the restaurant's website, the menu clearly shows which items are vegetarian (and there are several options to choose from).  As usual when eating Cuban food, I opted to make a meal out of the traditional side dishes, filling up on black bean soup, white rice, yuca con mojo, sweet plantains, and salad.  I could not have been more satisfied, as the food rivaled that of Miami Beach and even Havana.  I did not bother to take a picture of these dishes, because this blog already displays several versions of this exact meal (see here and here, for example).  But in addition to the food, I really loved the atmosphere which apparently includes live music on weekends. 

Cuba restaurant in the Village (photo courtesy of the restaurant's website)

Toloache 50 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato   

Cuba Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato