The modern Mexican haunt that has captivated Manhattan
What makes it special: The first foray outside Mexico for chef Enrique Olvera, Cosme was a hit with New Yorkers from the moment it opened in 2014. A combination of stunningly plated modern Mexican dishes and a stylish interior with a long bar serving a variety of mezcals have made it a mainstay of Manhattan’s dining scene.
About the chef: After opening Cosme with his business partners Santiago Gomez and Santiago Perez, Olvera, chef-owner of Pujol in Mexico City, picked 26-year-old Daniela Soto-Innes as his chef de cuisine. Named Rising Star of 2016 by the James Beard Foundation, Soto-Innes has impressed critics and diners with her unique cuisine that blends traditional Mexican dishes with local ingredients and recipes from her upbringing in Texas.
On the menu: Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Cosme has a range of à la carte menus serving everything from classic huevos rancheros to uni tostadas and sliced raw fish with avocado and black lime. Soto-Innes’s signature dish is the duck carnitas – a sharing skillet of shredded duck with onions, radishes, cilantro and freshly pressed tortillas.
Bonus point: Former President Barack Obama dined at Cosme before the end of his term in September 2016.