A First Look at Mañana, Opening Mañana

Serafina partner Vittorio Assaf tells us why the group called their new Mexican joint Mañana: “Every time you go to Mexico and meet a Mexican person they’ll tell you, ‘Not today — mañana, mañana.’ It’s the most commonly used word in Spanish.” We’re not sure we agree, but we’re with him on margaritas — “I live for margaritas!” he tells us, and he’ll be offering no less than seventeen varieties (as well as an extensive tequila list) when the restaurant opens tomorrow. In the kitchen is Mexico City–born chef Omar Luna, formerly of Gramercy Tavern and the Serafina group’s Geisha. Luna worked with consultant Enriqueta Mendez, a “typical Mexican mama from Mexico City,” says Assaf, who has trained some of the best chefs there (Mendez’s daughter, Stephanie Vaitiare Gout, is a partner). Together, Mendez and Luna designed a flour-tortilla taco that’s served in a paper ice-cream-cone cup, and an open filet mignon taco. Rest assured — the plates, as you can see from the following menu and from our food shots, go beyond tacos and tostadas.

Pico de Gallo Y Totopos (Tomato, jalapenño and onion salsa with corn chips) - $4

Sopa Azteca de Chile Pasilla (Soup of aphrodisiac chile pasilla, avocado, tortilla chips. Mildly spicey) - $9

Guacamole Para la Mesa (Made to order with first quality avocados, served in “molcajete” traditional stone mortar) $12/$18

Mañana style Queso Fundido (Traditional Mexican cheese fondue, served with flour tortillas, scent of white truffle oil, and a side of Huitlacoche Mushrooms) - $14

Ensalada Tricolor (Watercress and Arugula with roasted red peppers and tomato confit, shaved queso fresco and jalapeño dressing) - $9.50

Ensalada de Tortilla (Mixed greens, crispy tortilla strips, jicama, avocado, queso fresco, cherry tomato, corn, balsamic vinaigrette) - $12

Ensalada de Mañana (Hearts of palm, fresh mango and orange, onions, cherry tomato, lemon spicy vinaigrette) - $13

Ensalada con queso de cabra (Mixed greens, caramelized walnuts, green apple, dried cranberry, and shaved almonds goat cheese, honey vinaigrette) - $14

Ceviche De Camaronsitos (Baby shrimps, cooked in lime with avocado and pico de gallo salsa. Crunchy tortilla chips) - $13

Ceviche de Huachinango (Red snapper marinated in a citrus Serrano and pineapple sauce, shaved red onion with crunchy plantain chips) - $14.00

Tartar de Atun fresco (Yellow fin Tuna Tartar with cilantro, mango, sesame and jalapeño ginger soy sauce. Crunchy tortilla chips) - $15

Tostadas, Quesadillas y Tacos

Tostadas de Tinga de Pollo (Chicken sautéed in special tomato chipotle sauce on a tostada with black bean puree spread) - $12

Tostadas De Jaiba (First quality Snow crab, mango, hearts of palm, lime) - $15

Tamal De Rajas con Queso (Hand Made Vegetarian corn tamal with creamy poblano chile and cheese) - $14

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza y hongos (Zucchini flower, zucchini, squash and wild mushrooms quesadilla) - $16

Tacos de Verdura (Mixed vegetables taco) - $17

Tacos de Filete (Seared filet mignon, served in a soft corn tortilla, cilantro, onion confit) - $24.00

Taco de filete Con Chiles Poblanos a la plancha (Open Filet Mignon grilled taco, with roasted poblanos, onion confit, rice and beans) - $23

Tacos De Langosta (Baby Maine Lobster in a Flour tortilla, black bean purée, chile chipotle salsa, avocado) - $25

Filete Mignon con Chiles Poblanos y Chayote al Gratin (Filet Mignon grilled with roasted poblanos onion confit, and Chayote gratin) - $26

Enchiladas De Pollo Rojas (Organic chicken breast inside a tortilla covered in a Red huajillo sauce, topped with cream and queso fresco) - $21.00

Pollo a la flor de Naranja (Mama Enriqueta’s orange infused Fabulous organic chicken thigh and breast with fingerly Potatoes and fresh fava beans) - $23

Robalo a la Mixteca (Atlantic Bass seared with a Poblano compote of vegetables) - $25

Alambres a la Plancha: grilled Skewers weekly Special! (Chicken Breast Filete Mignon or Tuna, With tortillas chile poblano, onions, rice and black beans) – MP

Chicken Breast Filete Mignon or Tuna (With tortillas chile poblano, onions, rice and black beans) - MP

Sides - $6
“Ezquites” Elotitos Del Mercado (Mexico plaza style corn stew served with lime, mayo, chile piquin and queso fresco)

Arroz y Frijoles (Home style Rice and beans)

Verduritas Tiernas.. hay que piernas ! (Seasonal Vegetables home style) - $7

Seasonal Vegetables home style (Chayote vegetable gratin)

Desserts - $8

Helados de dulce de leche o de Coco (Ice cream, Dulce de Leche or Coconut)

Nieves de Rosa, Maracuya, o Naranja (Sorbets; Rose, Passion fruit or Blood Orange)

Panna Cotta a la Pasion (Passion fruit Panna Cotta)

Pastel de Elote con cajeta, nuez y dulce de leche (Home made Corn Cake with walnuts “cajeta and Dulce de leche”)

Pastel de Chocolate con salsa de Naranja y tequila (Chocolate soufflé, blood orange sauce and tequila)

Piña con Helado de Coco (Pine Apple with Coconut ice cream)

Mañana, 27 E. 61st St., nr. Madison; 212-752-8900

A First Look at Mañana, Opening Mañana