Last Saturday night, I had a wonderful meal at Kurio, and the best part of it is that all the dishes I tried were recent additions to the menu.
I enjoyed the garlic soup (*very* garlicky, with a robust but not too rich chicken base and a serious amount of egg floating on top, which reminded me of Peruvian soups) and my oxtails "New Orleans style" was a big winner, although I have no idea how it got its name. It has a tomato base with onions and peppers. Three generous oxtails are served over penne. My friend had a wonderful (but pricey at $26) duck dish.
Every time I go to Kurio, there are characters from the neighborhood at the bar. It's one of the things I enjoy about visiting Kurio. China, the lovely owner-bartender-major domo, attracts an amazing array of folks. I like the quiet, the relaxed pace (yes, food can sometimes arrive slowly), and the caring of China and her family.
I also don't know many places that take mixed drinks so seriously or make them so well. I usually only drink wine in restaurants, but at Kurio, I wander. Saturday, China suggested an orange mojito, a classic mojito with a few orange slices smooshed together with the mint and lime: Delicious.
Kurio is at 92nd St. between 1st and 2nd Ave., closer to 1st.