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Secretes

ms | May 12, 2005 01:41 PM

Went to Secretes last night - new tapas place (just opened last Thursday) on 6th street between A and B.

For being so newly opened, I was impressed with the quality of the food. Very interesting combinations of textures and flavors. Had a nice chat with the chef after the meal - he has worked with Jean-Georges and Adria and assured me that the flavors would get even more experimental as he and the kitchen staff get more in sync with each other.

We were given an amuse bouche of croquettes filled with carmelized onion soup. Absolutely delicious and very fun to eat, with a great burst of liquid as you bite it.

The seared duck was great. The ostrich was better than I've ever had. Lobster was also really good. Zucchini blossoms stuffed with manchego cheese, with some chorizo alongside was also fantastic. Octopus was the only disappointment.

Service was very attentive. They don't yet have their liquor license but will send somebody to Discovery wines to pick up whatever you want.

Only warning: prices are not cheap and dishes are very small. The more expensive plates like duck and ostrich were $14 - $15 and you only get a few bites.

But I'm looking forward to returning in a few weeks to see what's new.

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