Restaurant Week at Rayuela
I stopped into this little LES Latin restaurant on Sunday, excited to discover they were participating in restaurant week. The place was absolutely packed with the typical brunch crowd of attractive people nursing hangovers with champagne and sangria. At first I thought everyone was still ordering regular brunch but then I discovered Huevos Rancheros on the RW menu. This might be the first time I've seen a breakfast option offered.
I began with the Con Coco Ceviche- Scallops and Shrimp tossed in a light coconut-curry sauce and topped with spicy blend of Thai chili, basil and red onions. I loved having a bright, acidic start to the meal...it left my palate happily aroused and ready to take on my Braised Short Rib slider.
Almost every head turned as this plate was carried to my table...the thick, meaty aroma was intoxicating. I was expecting an average slider but the meat on this was so rich and so juicy it may be one of the best slider I've ever had. It was certainly the best chimichurri sauce I've ever encountered and even the yuca fries were perfectly crisped.
For dessert a buttery Chocolate Flan with hazelnut whipped cream and a sweet coffee reduction rounded out the meal. This was an excellent RW meal and one restaurant I plan to return to much more often for regular brunch and dinner when I'm in the neighborhood.