The Poster Tapas Bar and Restaurant is a brand new family-run restaurant serving Colombian meals and tradition that not too long ago opened in Hell’s Kitchen managed by Invoice Arango.
Whereas the playfully provocative title hyperlinks to maybe essentially the most notorious Colombian, Pablo Escobar, it really comes from a well-liked Colombian telenovela, El Cartel de Los Sapos. From 2009 to 2011, Arango’s mom owned and operated a restaurant of the identical title, The Bakery and Piqueteadero Cartel, in Queens, the place she additionally served as a chef. Seeing comparatively few eating places that totally showcase Colombian delicacies in Manhattan, Arango determined to open the second iteration of El Cartel on a 9-foot high-traffic stretch of street.e Avenue in Manhattan to introduce as many individuals as attainable to the plethora of flavors.
The restaurant’s menu options signature dishes from Colombia’s various areas that inform the nation’s delicacies and Arango’s mom’s recipes.
Hanging alternatives from the menu of El Cartel are tapas like Shrimp Ceviche: Shrimp wearing lime juice, coriander, mango and purple onions in a house-made pink sauce; arepitas: Three white corn muffins every topped with hen, chicharron, and steak; and Stuffed Tostones: Three inexperienced plantain cups baked to perfection; every topped with octopus, hen and steak, with a vegan choice additionally out there.
Appetizers are included Submit the poster: A nicely paced dish consisting of steak, a fried egg, rice, purple beans, chicharron, candy plantain, Colombian chorizo, arepita and avocado; Bonaventure Chest: Juicy hen breast topped with contemporary creamy seafood sauce made with shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus and calamar, served with white rice; and Seafood Casserole: Conventional Colombian seafood casserole made with shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus and calamar served with white rice.
Desserts full a meal with Fried cheese: Fried cheese items with home made candy guava sauce; Wafer: Waffles crammed with Arequipe and a home made blackberry sauce; and Figs on Syrup: Sandwiches with cheese and Arequipe in a fig-soaked syrup.
The restaurant encompasses a drink program composed of Frozen Sangria with a white or purple wine base, in addition to a choice of imported and home beer by the bottle, headed by Aguila, the very best promoting beer in Colombia. El Cartel may even provide a choice of wine and champagne by the glass and bottle.
El Cartel is positioned at 613 9e Avenue (between 43rd and 44e Streets) and open Tuesday to Sunday for each lunch and dinner. The restaurant additionally affords each takeout and supply choices for friends.
Photograph credit score: Courtesy of El Cartel