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Cafe Condesa- long-ish review

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Cafe Condesa- long-ish review

mmm | Jun 14, 2006 10:55 AM

I hosted a private birthday party last night at Cafe Condesa, a new cafe restaurant on W. 10th Street off of 7th Ave. in the West Village. It was so terrific, and I really want to encourage people to check this place out. The food is intercontinental, with a Spanish/French/Latin twist. The chef and other 2 owners are from Mexico, and the flavor of family, generosity and spice finds it way into the food and your conversations with them. I organized a fixed price meal from the regular menu- goat cheese galette with frisee and mixed greens salad, followed by salmon with asparagus spinach, avocado and fresh tomato salsa, followed by spanish albondigas, or meatballs, over rice with pine nuts. This was paired with a sparkling wine (France), a fresh white wine, and a deeper red, both from Spain, I think. The food was so delicious, and the wine was perfect. The plates there are medium sized- big enough for a meal if you're not terribly hungry, easily sharable as, say, 3 per 2 people, if you are. The prices are beyond reasonable- about $12 for the salmon that we had, for example. The place is small, intimate and just so friendly I can't say enough. I can't wait to go back and try other items off of the menu. They also serve brunch, and again, the freshly made pastries are sitting on the bar/counter, waiting for anyone to come in, stop for a minute, chat and have a snack...

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