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Corima Offers A Taste of Mexico with Asian influences in Chinatown
January 11, 2024, 5:45.24 pm ET


Corima, a modern Mexican restaurant from chef Fidel Caballero (formerly of Contra, and Martín Berasategui in Spain) opens in Chinatown.

Corima means "circle of sharing." At Corima, Caballero is celebrating that rich culture of northern Mexico with influences from China, Spain and France. Cabellaro is joined in the project by his wife Sofia Ostos and Vince Ott, a 17-year industry veteran (most recently the beverage Director at Thai Diner).

Diners can beging their adventure with sharable plates of Sourdough Flour Tortillas with recado negro butter; Shrimp Toast with nopal, chintextle bearnaise and hoja santa; and Tuna Mille Feuille with sea lettuce, husk cherry salsa, and chicharron furikake.

Larger plates bring exciting dishes such as Smoked Skate Tamal with chile pasado, potato, and Iberico ham; Potato Udon with cuttlefish, totomoxtle dashi, shemeji mushroom, and burnt tortilla oil; Duck Enmoladas with black garlic mole, cotija foam and xnipec of habanada; and Adobo Pork Collar with quince, sunchoke puree and caraflex cabbage. For a sweet finish there’s Mochi Churros sand Sweet Potato Ice Cream.

Corima is offering a seven-course tasting menu for $98 featuring select items from the a-la-carte menu, as well as a selection of rotating seasonal dishes, alongside a beverage program composed of Mexican spirits, specifically sotol, raicilla, wine, and beer.

Highlights include Cowboy Tears with mezcal, Luxardo, Mastiha Anitca, and orange bitters with chrysanthemum flower; Uni Sour with gin, uni, egg white, lemon; and Carajillo, with vodka, Licor 43, Nixta and cold brew. Wine Director Mariano Garay (previously of Leo) has curated a wine list that highlights natural wines from Guadalupe Valley in Mexico, as well as from Spain and France. A tasting menu is also available.

Designed by The Cosecha Group, Corima reflects Japanese minimalism with accents of the Mexican desert through the use of sandstone and tile, handmade wooden light fixtures, oxidized zinc bar tops, and artwork from Mexican artists. Exposed brick archways uncovered during construction add to the drama while a chef’s counter allows diners peer into a vast open kitchen.

Corima is located at 3 Allen St (at Division St), New York, NY. For more information, visit