Ernesto's on the Lower East Side is hosting an "Evening at the Sideria" — a special dinner inspired by traditional Basque cider houses in celebration of the cider season in San Sebastian, which kicks off mid-January and runs until April or May.
The annual ritual in San Sebastian, where Ernesto's chef Ryan Bartlow lived and worked for years at Michelin-starred Akelarre, harkens back to a time when cidermakers would invite clients to taste and choose which casks they wanted to purchase. Now, the tastings have evolved to include traditional meals of cod, meat and cheese.
For Ernesto's Evening at the Sideria, chef Bartlow is keeping the menu traditional, starting with Txistorra made in-house, moving on to the Tortilla de Bacalao, Fried Bacalao with peppers, Txuleta with a green salad, and a plate of walnuts with idiazabal (sheep cheese) and membrillo (quince jelly). The dishes will be served family style, and each table will receive a complimentary bottle of cider, according to the table size. Ernesto's will also offer a limited menu of additional a la carte dishes.
Tickets are $85/person, and reservations can be made via Resy.