Photos: Max Flatow
After opening their flagship restaurant in Tribeca last year, a second Casa Carmen is set to open in Flatiron on June 5th at 5 West 21st Street in Manhattan.
The restaurant gets its name from revered Mexican chef Carmen “Titita” who started the El Bajío restaurants in Mexico City 50 years ago and who has been described as the “matriarch of Mexican flavor.” The restaurants are led by her grandsons; brothers Sebastian and Santiago Ramirez Degollado.
At Casa Carmen, nearly all of the recipes come directly from Titita. Diners will find signature dishes like duck tostada, plantain empanadas, enchiladas de mole (a special mole that only a handful of cooks know how to make), pescado a la Veracruzana and octopus mojo de ajo with garlic and epazote. Casa Carmen’s tacos, ceviche and guacamole have also proved to be very popular,
The cocktail program is agave-forward, and there is also a lengthy list of mezcal and tequila. The restaurant also offers Mexican wines (mainly Valle de Guadalupe and Parras), as well as a signature Carajillo cocktail that is part of the dessert menu.
The restaurant - divided into a bar room and two dining rooms - was designed by Mexican interior designer Luis Enrique Noriega who also designs all of the El Bajío restaurants. The 74-seat space transports guests to a cozy casona in a little Mexican town, filled with carefully curated crafts and full of texture from the wooden beams and volcanic stone sculptures.
Reservations will be available on Resy. The restaurant will be open daily for dinner from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Lunch and brunch will launch in the coming months.
For more information, visit casacarmennyc.com