Had dinner at Suenos before seeing Nine last night. Like at Hell's Kitchen on 9th ave - the waiter brings you a variation of the salsa and chips: black bean puree topped with avocado, cilantro, serrano and crema with wedges of corn bread as a starter. For app. I had the fava bean & drunken goat cheese empanadas with a tomato-chipotle coulis ($8.25) - the crust was so flaky and light - obviously have been freshly prepared compared to the premade, frozen, microwave variety. The fava bean + goat cheese didn't overwhelm - every flavor was nicely restrained. For entree I had the chile rubbed goat which came with mashed sweet plantains, sauteed spinach and a corn tortilla ($22). The goat was fork tender - no chile heat perse but nicely flavor, maybe a tad dry (I'm not that familar with goat) However, putting some goat and mashed plantain in the corn tortilla and dunking it in the juices was delicious. The margaritas (straight up w/ salt, $9) were bright and sharp - the third one developed some bass notes, maybe an upgrade of tequilla compliments of the bartender. Passed on dessert because i didn't want to feel over full - but they look interesting. An enjoyable meal - I'll definitely be back - it's right around the corner from where I live
They do a $50 five course meal - 3 apps, 1 entree, 1 dessert. Also - they're offering a preview discount (I think, 10%) off your bill.
Side note: Chita Rivera was fabulous in Nine. And Mr. Bandras and Ms. Krakowzski were very good also. Thought the 1st act was stronger than the 2nd act. My only quibble - a woman with blown out hair with Betty Crocker frosted tips was sitting in the row ahead of me blocking my view a bit. I was tempted to pour a couple cocktails on her during intermission. If you have big hair devolumize it before going to the theater (or the movies for that matter) - or better yet, sit in the back.
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