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CLOSED. Nuevo Latin food, great wine list, and live music in a fancy room.

Our Review

The high-end decor -- jewel-studded glass light fixtures, quilted red velvet chairs -- sets the stage for an elaborate and pricey menu that looks better than it tastes. Liberties are taken with classic dishes like arepas (corn cakes), here stuffed with a salty meat stew rather than cheese. Tostones (mashed plantain cakes) are formed into a cup, deep-fried past the point of preserving the starch's subtle flavor, then filled with a nondescript shrimp mixture. Seviche comes in a trio: a shrimp version with diced green tomato, a scallop variety in orange essence, and a Peruvian-style whitefish in the traditional lime marinade. An entree called el pascador combined rice with chorizo, shrimp, mussels, scallops, and lobster. The highlight here is the wine list, which includes what may be the most extensive selection of South African vintages in town, along with domestics and several Argentine and Chilean bottles, most under $40. Service is courteous and accommodating, and a raised stage near the entrance features live Latin jazz, salsa, merengue, and mambo.

Laura Levy Shatkin

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Price: $$$
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