Eastern promise: Latin-fusion stalwart Zengo celebrates a new menu…
Zengo’s contemporary fusion of Latin American and Asian cuisines has proven itself to be evergreen. For one, its basement-level tequila lounge, La Biblioteca de Tequila, which comes complete with its own tequila sommelier and over 400 varieties of the spirit, continues to draw in fans since its opening in 2010. Its specialty cocktail menu, featuring ingredients from both cultures (think: the tamarind-togarashi margarita or the passion fruit mojito), is also amenable to an after work or pre-dinner indulgence.
Food-wise, the recently refreshed menu is inspired by chef-owner Richard Sandoval’s recent travels to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Thailand. New additions include dim sum bites like the pork and foie gras shumai dumplings and teriyaki glazed meatballs, crudo offerings like the tuna tartare crostada and thai seafood ceviche, and more substantial dishes such as the wok-fried short rib udon noodles, tempura-ed whole fish and Shanghai strip steak.
All this is enjoyed in the restaurant’s ornate, wrought iron and glass interior. Designed by AvroKo, decorative window grills are juxtaposed by suspended wooden beams, while a lantern-style chandelier, antique vases and other Chinoiserie bestow the space with an eclectic and seductive charm – all in the heart of midtown Manhattan.
Photos courtesy of Zengo.