New Tastes at Tavo

New Tastes at Tavo


Tavo back room (courtesy Tavo)

I’ve always been a fan of Latin-American cuisine. No pussyfooting around in this region when it comes to flavors and seasonings: They are big and bold, and often translate into hearty, exciting dishes. Tavo (the name is inspired by co-owner Francisco Decrescenzo’s grandfather Gustavo) brings that gastronomic philosophy to his Hudson Street restaurant, located in an historic building in the West Village. The simple but elegant design includes elements of copper and industrial touches to create a sleek, urban eatery. The new warm-weather menu, meanwhile, includes some lively additions, such as pork shoulder pibil tacos (traditonal, slow-roasted pork), lotus root with yogurt and mirin (rice wine) and red snapper with causa (a Peruvian dish). And while the food is satisfying, you don’t want to bypass the wine and cocktail selections, either: There are nearly 20 wines available by the glass, and house cocktails include such tantalizing names as A Night in Cuzco (pisco, chicha and egg white), Ambrosia (mescal, pineapple and piloncillo) and The Red Dahlia (gin, hibscus, cava), to name just a few. So, Cinco de Mayo or not, if you are a fan of fine south-of-the-border eats, it is worth spending an evening at Tavo.


>> Tavo, 615 Hudson St., 917.675.6454


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