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Casa Mezcal Owner and elBulli Vet Opening Peix Bar de Mariscos in Nolita

Peix means fish.

Peix means fish.Photo: Courtesy of Peix Bar de Mariscos

Here's an interesting curveball-ish opening: Turns out the owner of Cafe el Portal and Casa Mezcal is well into the process of converting his Xicala Wine Bar into a new restaurant called Peix Bar de Mariscos. Chef Jordy Lavanderos and manager Paula Ginestar-Campanaro are partnering with Ignacio Carballido at the new bar and full-service restaurant on Elizabeth Street, which is named for the Catalan word for fish. Mexico City native Lavanderos has worked in kitchens around the world, including stints with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Juan Mari Arzak, and as a chef de partie in the elBulli kitchen.

Lavanderos is cooking a fish-centric menu based on "Peruvian elements," but one that also includes Mexican and Thai flavors. Expect a starter of whitefish ceviche with ginger, radishes, aguachile, and orange. Elsewhere, he'll serve grilled salmon with tamarind over beluga lentils and bok choy. Apoth├ęke barman Miguel Aranda is making the cocktails, which he says will change on a seasonal basis. The restaurant is scheduled to open next month.

Peix Bar de Mariscos, 151 Elizabeth St., nr. Kenmare St.; no phone yet

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