BARCAR Eatery in Mount Vernon is now AZUL Latin Fusion
I haven't eaten there, but I've had drinks there. The service was excellent, and the vibe was really warm and trendy, although during the off hours I went there the restaurant portion was pretty empty. The management was quick to entice me with free samples of empanadas and such, which I really wish I could taste. I enjoyed the reasonably priced drinks, which the bartender or waiter / waitress brought to my table just a few feet away.
i went there last night. The atmosphere is really nice. I don't drink but my friends said the drinks were really good. The waitress, Jennifer, was very nice. A couple of recommendations: Serve latin bread at the table. The garlic shrimp over the Tostones, were very flavorful, a little heavy on the garlic, but if you like garlic they were great., The chicken quesedilla was soggy and i thought it was an enchilada, The avocado salad was ok, the beef empanada's were good, I would most likely go back!
The desserts are the WOW items on the Azul menu. Both the Flan and Tres Leches Cake put our party of three in heaven. The coffee was very good too. Dessert prices are high at $8 each. Desserts are not on the menu so it is up to the server to provide you with a list. He did not state the prices.
Moving backwards, we ordered Cornmeal Crusted Calamari which was very tasty because it was prepared with six ingredients including chili flakes and capers. However, it was swimming in olive oil. The portion was large. We also ordered Passion Fruit Bar-B-Q Ribs which was served with a very good purple potato salad. This portion was much smaller but of course it is an appetizer. The ribs were very tasty and almost tiny in size. Our Baby Spinach Salad failed for a couple of reasons. The leaves were sprinkled with fried pork fat (chicharrones) and the kitchen staff ran out of the queso blanco (cheese) which was supposed to have been an ingredient in this salad. We informed the waiter about the absence of the cheese in the salad and he compensated us by not charging for two coffees.
By the way, before food is served the waiter brings a container of garlic bread. The bread is flat and crisp and very good.
Cocktails are expensive. The sangria which included liqueurs was $10 per glass. The margarita that I wanted to order for $8 could not be prepared because the bar ran out of the fruit puree which I think was mango. I ordered a Modelo (sp?) beer for $5.50 instead.
The owner introduced himself and asked for our opinions. When we said that the restaurant was noisy he went to the bar area and lowered the music. The room does not absorb noise well. Service was very good with all staff demonstrating politeness, friendliness and eagerness to please.
We parked our own car further along on Locust Street and walked back to the restaurant. There is a valet parking service.
Since I can't eat the food, I've only had drinks there. The drinks were good, and reasonably priced. The service was quite good, and the man who appeared to be the proprietor or maybe the manager was incredibly attentive, friendly, and accomodating. He remembered me the next time I went back which really gave me a good feeling. For those who don't have the religious dietary restrictions I do, I would recommend trying this place's food out. As for everyone not on the wagon, try their drinks. I can't wait to try the what appears to be a signature drink I saw the bartender making someone. Enjoy!
I can't type the whole menu but here are a few examples:
tostones montaditos $2
fried green plaintains topped with bacalao salad, creamy garlic shrimp, ropa vieja, shredded pernil or mole roasted chicken
marinated chicken, pork or shrimp with spicy romesco dipping sauce
sauteed clams $13
chorizo, piquillo peppers
octopus salad $14
potatoes, peppers, onions & bibb greens
paella with seafood $19
lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops. with or without chorizo & chicken
coconut & banana crusted grouper $19
mashed sweet potatoes, lime buerre blanc
churasco skirt steak $22
arroz morro & chimichuri sauce
Tacu Tacu $19
rice nad white beans layered with seared beef & red onion cilantro lime salad
I walked by the place last night. They really need to speak to a business consultant. No one will want to pay $22 for arroz con pollo to sit in a psuedo fancy restaurant on Locust street. You most likely have to have your car valet parked. I will say there were people in it especially at the bar. However, they need to knock down the prices by about 30% including the appetizers. Yoshino Asian Fusion is excellent on the corner of Broad and Gramaton and much less expensive
Brian MacMenamin is involved. Not sure as owner, chef or both.
From the BarCar Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/p...
AZUL Restaurant GRAND OPENING "Cinco de Mayo" !!!!
Start Time: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 5:00pm
End Time: Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 4:00am
Location: BarCar Eatery is now Azul, Latin Fusion
Street: 706 Locust Street
City/Town: Mount Vernon, NY
Brian MacMenamin presents: Azul, Latin Fusion !! GRAND OPENING CINCO DE MAYO CELEBERATION !! Complimentary Hour 'D Vours, Tequilla Shots & Drink Specials !!!
706 Locust St, Mount Vernon, NY 10552