Tequila Palace Zengo Gives Akhtar Nawab a Shot


Remember Zengo, the tequila palace that Ricardo Sandoval and his partner, opera singer Placido Domingo, are planning to open in the former Wild Salmon space next month? Well, they now have a chef and it’s none other than Akhtar Nawab of the late Elettaria. Nawab was perhaps one of the most eligible out-of-work chefs along with Ryan Skeen, but it’s a surprising move nevertheless given that Zengo is a modern-Mexican brand. Then again, Nawab’s menu at Elettaria made room for samosas as well as risotto, so the chef is nothing if not versatile.

Akhtar Nawab to Be Chef at Sandoval’s Zengo [Diner’s Journal/NYT]