Unlike the former Momofuku Noodle Bar line cook who wants to open a regional American restaurant when he returns from Spain (per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today), Jennifer Cole came back from a dozen years in Spain (including a turn as the head chef of Madrids Michelin-starred Balzac) with a dedication to the countrys cuisine. After a few months as a guest chef at Ta Pol, shell now be chef at Taberna, a market-minded tapas joint coming to the Upper West Side on June 3.
The owners (former banker David Santos and Gabe Collazo, a former manager of Club Macanudo) enlisted interior designer Cid Mendez to give the former Luzias a makeover that you can see, along with a few dishes, in our slideshow. Until a full menu is in place (the restaurant is still waiting for gas), youll have to settle for the selection of cold tapas below; itll be served, along with cocktails, Spanish and Latin American wines, and various sangrias, from 5 p.m. till 1 a.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. till 1 a.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. till 11 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a paella brunch on weekends.
Taberna, 429 Amsterdam Avenue, nr. 81st St.; 917-388-3500