i was supposed to go with a friend of mine to a 5 pm movie on 23rd and 8th yesterday, but she was delayed in brooklyn cuz some kids were train surfing and they called the cops (?!?!?!?!?!) when she arrived, we decided to go for a nicer dinner in chelsea, so we headed to Suenos, which i had been dying to try.
i really enjoyed it. it is neat how the place is kind of hidden from view other than the sign on 17th street. the bar area looked really nice, and the main dining room was very comfortable -- i love the little rock garden behind the glass that separates the restaurant from a neighboring apt building.
on to the chow... the kitchen sent out a delicious black-bean spread with four slices of what seemed like a pita-type bread -- not sure what it was called in spanish. the spread had a nice smoky flavor, which perfectly complemented the house margarita, which our waiter said was topped by a layer of mezcal, which gave it a really unique smoky flavor as well. one of the best margaritas i have had.
for appetizers, we had a lobster and corn fritter served over a citrus salad which was delicious -- two medium sized fritters that almost had the consistency of a good homemade potato pancake, but was much lighter. we also had a pulled pork empanada dish, which was the only disappointment -- 2 small empanadas filled with rather bland pork filling.
following our waiter's recommendations, my friend ordered the duck, which came in a wonderfully subtle cranberry mole. i ordered the slow-roasted goat, which was also terrific in a negro modelo sauce (that is what it said on the menu -- our waiter said something about mole here as well -- is this a form of mole?) for such a cold day, it was a wonderfully hearty dish. portions were very ample. and the service was spectacular.
all in all, it was a great meal. we each had 2 drinks, and split one desert, and the bill came to $154 with tax and tip. a little on the pricey side, but $52 of that was for drinks (pre-tax and tip) so you can get out of there for a lot less.
i would definitely go back and recommend it highly.