The Embodiment of Hip

| September 14, 2012

Dining at La Cerveceria is an experience in everything that is updated, hip and fun about the New York restaurant scene. Located on Second Avenue in the East Village, La Cerveceria is carving their own path in an area teeming with eateries that are vying for the attention that is reserved for a select few. Standing head and shoulders above would be competitors, we would come to find a deep respect and admiration for this slice of heaven. The unpretentious décor is rife with natural woods, a marble bar, a wall of beer and an eclectic design sense that is beautifully supported by a Peruvian-inspired Latin American tapas menu.

True to their moniker, the selection of quality brew is astounding. With a concentration on American craft beers, there is also beer available from 33 additional countries. By no means are these run-of-the-mill—this selection is unparalleled! Additionally, there is also a nice array of New World wines from the realms of small and landmark producers.

We started off the evening with the Lobster Guacamole (fresh avocado, lobster, shrimp and plantain chips) and the Yuca Fries (Peruvian dips: rocoto, aji Amarillo and panca). These delicious treats quickly articulated the fresh approach and use of quality ingredients that would ultimately define our meal. Absolutely delicious, they were beautifully paired with one of the mixologist inspired cocktails, the Ginger Saki Mojito (fresh basil, agave, saki and  pomegranate juice).

Next we ventured into the Ceviche section of the menu and dove into the Fluke (avocado, leche de tigre and hearts of palm) and the Ecuadorian Style (mixed seafood, celery and cucumber). Both extraordinarily fresh, they delivered a taste sensation that begged to be paired with the Pestirrojo Sauvignon Blanc, the perfect accompaniment for this savory delight.

Next up was the Causas (bite size portions of Peruvian potatoes). Available with five different toppings, we chose the Braised Beef Short Ribs (Cacao, salsa natural and herbs) and at the suggestion of our host, washed it down with the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace (saison farmhouse ale, Brooklyn, NY). This dish ‘braised’ the bar significantly and prepared us for the piece de resistance, the Skewers (Anticuchos). The Skirt steak (carne  asada  con guasacaca  venezolana)  and     the Shrimp (camarones a la parilla con piña) were both grilled to perfection and delicately seasoned.

We ended our feast with one of the day’s special desserts plated up alongside the Villa Nova de Gai, White Porto—a fitting finish to an extraordinary culinary and cultural experience. Interestingly, the culture I am referring to, is one that the owners have developed themselves—an extraordinary blend of cuisine, décor, libations, superlative service and passion, laced with an original and addictive vibe.

La Cerveceria is a must try for those looking to see what’s new on the New York restaurant scene. It will certainly have you coming back time and again.

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