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El Cartel Brings Flavors of Colombia to Hell’s Kitchen
May 26, 2022, 7:41.27 pm ET


El Cartel, Hell's Kitchen, NYC, Interior

El Cartel Tapas Bar and Restaurant, with its roots in Colombian cuisine and culture, has arrived in Hell’s Kitchen. The playfully provocative name draws connections to perhaps the most infamous Colombian, Pablo Escobar.

El Cartel’s menu is composed of signature dishes from the diverse regions of Colombia that inform the country’s cuisine like Cazuela de Mariscos, a seafood casserole made with a secret family recipe using shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus and calamar served with white rice.

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Tapas, or small plates, are also offered like Shrimp Ceviche, a staple of Cali, made with shrimp dressed in lime juice, cilantro, and purple onions; Tostones, fried plantain formed into cups filled with octopus, chicken, and steak; and Chuzos, a Colombian street food comprised of pork and chicken skewers served with arepitas.

Large plates bring Bandeja El Cartel made with steak, fried egg, rice, red beans, chicharrón and avocado for a healthy appetite; Red Snapper, served whole with fried plantains and a salad of mixed greens and cherry tomatoes; and the El Cartel Burger, topped in popular Colombian fashion with melted mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, pineapple sauce and crumbled potato chips. Desserts bring cheese-filled Figs in Syrup, and Oblea, wafers filled with arequipe and homemade blackberry sauce.

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The beverage program includes Frozen Sangria with a white wine or rosé base in such flavors as Blackberry, Passionfruit, Tamarind, and Guava, as well as a selection of imported and domestic beers headlined by Aguila, the top selling beer in Colombia. El Cartel will also feature a selection of wine and champagne by the glass and by the bottle.

El Cartel, Hell's Kitchen, NYC, Interior

El Cartel is located at 613 Ninth Ave, New York, NY (212) 540-6613 – Official Opening June 3rd, 2022

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