Midtown's Seafood-Centric Gloria Rolls Out Fall Menu This Week

Midtown's Seafood-Centric Gloria Rolls Out Fall Menu This Week

 

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I am a struggling pescatarian. I have an on-again/off-again relationship with meat, so when I was invited to a media preview of Chef Diego’s Garcia new fall menu at seafood-focused Gloria, I jumped at the opportunity. Gloria’s welcoming atmosphere has an intimate industrial vibe with cozy blue banquets, chocolate hardwood floors and exposed brick. The abundance of wood and metal also gives the midtown restaurant a modern nautical theme.

 

I was greeted warmly by the staff and once I was seated, immediately looked at the new fall cocktail additions. At once, I realized that all the cocktail names were excerpts from horror movies—Brundlefly (The Fly), Hadley’s Hope (Alien vs. Predator) and my drink for the night, the refreshing and smokey mezcal-forward Naturom Demonto (Evil Dead) just to name a few. Hearing nearby tables try to figure out each movie excerpt—without google—was both fun and a great icebreaker for those of us meeting for the first time.

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We got to experience a six-course tasting; two courses were standouts from Chef Diego Garcia: the striped bass aguachile which was beautifully presented with tomato water, serrano and cucamelon—the flavors were light and fresh with a little kick from the serrano peppers. The blue fish main entreé was an exceptional bite; the squid ink and creaminess of the cauliflower puree complimented to the meatiness of the white fish wonderfully.

 

Chef Diego Garcia and his partners are Napa Valley natives but met during their stint at Le Bernardin. “We decided to stop living everybody else’s dreams and live ours. Here we are six months later,” says Chef Garcia. The team decided to name their first venture after Chef Garcia’s mother Gloria—whose portrait hangs ceremoniously above the bar. This Hell’s Kitchen locale is devoted to sustainable seafood dishes that taste so delicious you'll forget there's no meat on the menu. Well worth a visit.

 

>>Gloria, 401 W 53rd St., 212.956.0709

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