Why Come Here? Innovative, Latin-inspired cuisine, Southern European hospitality, Great date spot

Right Amount for 2: 1-2 apps & 2 entrees or 3 apps and 1 entree

PÃO DE QUEIJO SLIDERS, comodo, nyc, soho

PÃO DE QUEIJO SLIDERS

Shortly after entering Comodo, I knew I was going to like the place. As is often the case in New York, our table wasn’t ready when we arrived. However, unlike most places we weren’t doubly punished by being pressured into buying an extra $13 drink at the bar. Instead, owner Tamy Rofe offered us each half a glass of Malbec to enjoy for the 10 minute wait. A small but comforting gesture that set a congenial tone for the evening. Perhaps the fact Comodo began as a supper club run out of a TriBeCa apartment is what allows it to keep a “mi casa, su casa” feel more commonly enjoyed while dining in Italy than SoHo. Whatever the reason, the dim lighting, friendly service and approachable menu make it sure to become a hot date spot in the SoHo/West Village area. I recommend getting here before the critics blow it up and grabbing one of their 8 or so tables becomes near impossible.

The menu and wine list are limited, which isn’t terribly surprising given the entire place is likely under 1,000 square feet. The food has Spanish, Brazilian and Mexican influences, matching the upbringing of co-owner and chef Felipe Donnelly. This provides for an interesting mix of dishes that are comforting without the gut-busting feeling that term often entails. Below are my thoughts on the dishes we tried. For more photos and reviews, please check DishEnvy.

Pork, Comodo, NYC, SoHo

Coffee Rubbed Cochinita

Pão De Queijo Lamb Sliders The star of the night. Mouth-watering balls of lamb served on warm, crusty buns. Pure deliciousness when dunked in the chipotle cream sauce.

Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad Really the only disappointment of the night. It didn’t taste like a Caesar salad, or anything else really except maybe lemon.

Mezcal Octopus w/ Warm Kale Smokey, firm and charred octopus pairs nicely with the warm, earthy kale.

Coffee Rubbed Cochinita (Pork Shoulder) I realized coffee and pork should get together more often. It’s tangy, meaty, citrusy delight with creamy mashed potatoes to refresh your palate after each bite.

Churros w/ Spiced Chocolate Milk A solid rendition of the classic donut- like treat, with a fluffy inside and a chocolate sauce that’s nicely balanced with nutmeg and milk.

Comodo
58 MacDougal Street (W. Houston & King Sts.)
New York, NY
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