GARDËNIA // latin flavors in the west village

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The West Village is now home to Gardënia, the latest fusion restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine, latin flavors and a touch of european influence.

Gardënia 64 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

ENVIRONMENT // If you’re looking for a place to hang out with a larger group, Gardënia could be the spot for you. Lively, talkative crowds fill the space and if you’re dining solo, the bar is always a nice spot to absorb the action.

SERVICE // Attentive, friendly, helpful. Service is great at Gardënia, especially when you’re looking for menu recommendations- don’t hesitate to ask.

FOOD // Gardënia (which is an extension of the popular Black Ant Restaurant family) offers a small menu that focuses on Mediterranean cuisine with latin flavors.

I ordered the latin short rib empanadas, the skirt steak, and the octopus plate with calamari “squid ink” potatoes. I’ve never had “black papitas” before so I reached out to Chef Mario Hernandez and he shared the recipe with me.

It’s simplicity at its finest, ENJOY!

PS: They look like nuggets of coal to me; it could be a delicious trick to play on friends and family during the Christmas holiday! Have fun with the recipe and tag Gardënia in the post!


Thank you to Gardenia and GailPR for inviting me to Gardenia!


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