Chef Julian Medina brings Jewish/Mexican Fusion to Toloache for Passover

| April 13, 2014

As all New Yorkers know, NYC is the ultimate “foodie” city in the world.  With its myriad of cultures and great chefs, every palate should be able to be satisfied.

Passover is uniquely limiting for restaurant dining since all leavened breads, rice, barley and legumes cannot be eaten during an eight-day period in remembrance of the Hebrews escape from Egypt.
Most New York restaurants accommodate their patrons by having traditional matzo available in their breadbaskets, but this year there is a much more delicious alternative. The brilliant and creative Chef/Owner Julian Medina of Toloache is offering a fabulous Passover menu at his three Toloache locations on Thompson St., 50th St. and 82nd  St. during the eight days of Passover from April 14th until the 22nd.
The menu includes delicious small plates, entrees and dessert that are all Passover appropriate, plus wonderful cocktails made with kosher tequila and Matzo baklava for dessert.  Check out Toloache’s Passover Mexican menu at
Chef Julian grew up in Mexico City and although professionally trained, he learned to cook authentic Mexican food from his father and grandfather as a young boy. Chef Medina’s menus focus on seasonal, natural foods that are inspired by dishes from Mexico and South America.
In 1999 he graduated from the French Culinary Institute and became the Executive Chef of Sushasamba. He then moved on to be Executive Chef at Pampano and Zocala, where he helped to refine the menus and create unusual offerings such as  Mexican Hannukah and Passover dinners. In 2007 Chef Medina opened Toloache, a modern Mexican bistro, which now has the three locations and shares accolades with it’s sister restaurants Yerba Buena and Coppelia, a 24hr diner/restaurant on W. 14th Street.
The following is a video of the chef preparing Jalapeño Potato Latkes  which shows his creativity and passion for “Modern Mexican Food.” If you use matzo meal instead of flour, it is a perfect Passover treat. 

On the other 358  days a year, be sure to get to Toloache and  enjoy the Guacamole with a Cucumber Margarita with a chili rim.  Other favorite dishes include the Manchengo Quesadilla, and the Short Rib and Fish Tacos.
FYI…the customer service and staff are very accommodating and Toloache is my favorite bar on the Upper East Side.
See you there and Happy Passover!
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Charlotte Goldblatt