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Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe

streamwise Feb 4, 2012 10:58 PM

Bistro Latino in Tuckahoe is now open. It's owned by the same guy as Sonora in Portchester, and they did a nice renovation of the inside from it's previous diner-incarnation. I stopped by tonight and had a few things, and overall it was good to excellent. We had the beet salad which was nice , as well as the Paella and the Branzino. The Paella was good....tons of seafood on top, but the rice seemed just average, no crunchiness on the bottom of the pan. The branzino was excellent, nicely pan fried over some delicious chorizo gnocchi. We didn't get a chance to try most of the tapas or charcuterie, but everything we saw come out looked good. Overall, its worth trying if you're in the area, and it's a very welcome addition to the growing Tuckahoe dining scene (which I also saw will gain a Japanese hibachi restaurant too in the near future). BTW, for solo dining, the bar is excellently designed and roomy with good service.

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    petuniafromhell Aug 6, 2012 08:11 AM

    So, I went to Bistro Latino on Friday night and I wanted to like it sooo much...but was terrible disappointed. Generally, I’m more forgiving about bad service, but service was terrible...we stood in the front for about 10 minutes and nobody would come and talk to us...then when we finally got a table, our waitress gave us the drink menus...disappeared for a while...then took our drink orders, was a little aggressive in asking me what wine i was having (btw, I’m 36 weeks pregnant, and it's noticeable)....about 15 minutes after the drinks arrived, they gave us our menus, and the waitress kept disappearing, then the manager, came over, to take our order and then we didn't see our waitress for a very long time...we ordered additional drinks, the waitress forgot about it (and she wasn't doing anything, just walking around!) and then the plates were taken we were just sitting there waiting for dessert to be offered...she kept walking around oblivious and then finally when she approached us, we asked for the check and she ask is then if we wanted some coffee or dessert... seriously...for a tiny place, they were well staffed but this girl was such an airhead..now to the food..

    Was disappointing…since service was so slow and we just wanted to eat and get the heck out of there….we ordered the mussels, which were excellent, perfectly cooked…for main we had the short rib and the bronzino and they were both very BLAND…I know we didn’t sample much but the tapas we super expensive…usually, tapas you can find vegetarian items that are around 6 – 10 dollars and the ones with meat and seafood will be the low 10s…but these were pretty expensive. Anyways, I won’t be going back, bad service and bland food…

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      wilsonlisa Mar 11, 2012 10:14 AM

      No no no no! It's really awful stay away!!!!!!! Sigh...Ok, so it's NOT really awful, I'd just like to be able to get a reservation in the future. Loved it. Nice but not *nice*, trendy but not *trendy*, a little spendy, but hey....it IS major awesome-ness, so whatareyagonnado? So nice to se Tuckahoe get yet another nice place that is NOT a red-gravy venue

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        Maryld Mar 12, 2012 09:07 AM

        We went on Sunday night two weeks ago. The place was quite empty. The scallops and crab croquettes were delicious. We also ordered razor clams and they were a bit blah. However, the cheeses, chorizo, and jamon were impeccable. The staff is lovely and we will return soon. I don't think that this would really be a kid friendly place, given the focus of the menu and the vibe.

      2. Sloth Feb 16, 2012 06:49 AM

        From the Patch
        http://bronxville.patch.com/articles/...

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          rolise Feb 13, 2012 11:29 AM

          Where in Tuckahoe is this restaurant?

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            jhopp217 Feb 14, 2012 10:07 PM

            it's where the Main St. Cafe was. Across from Town Hall

          2. chowdom Feb 11, 2012 05:06 PM

            Liz Johnson/small bites has posted the menu

            http://food.lohudblogs.com/2012/02/11...

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              liyuan Mar 2, 2012 05:55 AM

              Thanks for the menu link. Any thoughts from those who have been on whether there is anything a six-year-old might comfortably eat? Or is this really an adult restaurant?

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                chowdom Mar 3, 2012 07:40 PM

                I don't know, we went early and I didn't see any children but it was Saturday night. I'm sure any other night of the week you might see a child or two.

                everything we ordered was delicious the lobster foie gras dish was rediculously good as was the beet salad

                Pictured:

                interior

                complimentary hummus

                beet salad (so very good)

                Octopus

                crab croquettes ( with a forkfull of my friends lobster/ foi gras )

                blood orange sangria (at another table)

                Churros

                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
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                  Sloth Mar 3, 2012 08:56 PM

                  Nice. Looks good. Maybe next week-end.

            2. chowdom Feb 5, 2012 07:07 AM

              I stopped in last week to grab a menu with the intention of posting it. Unfortunately my scanner is acting crazy again. I didn't notice Rafael Palomino's name at the botom of the menu (duh), thanks for pointing that out. I am a fan of Sonora so I am looking forward to trying Bistro Latino.
              I too think they did a great job with the renovation, the days of Ronnie'o and Main Street cafe are a vague memory.

              The maitre d' was involved with a table of patrons when I walked in but quickly and politely excused himself to greet me, give me the menu and urge/invite me (in a really nice way) to come back to have dinner. I mention this because as of late I have experienced alot of ( I'm doing you a favor type of attitude) from staff at new restaurants.

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                Sonnyno Feb 11, 2012 08:43 AM

                I decided to try Bistro Latino Friday night. The restaurant, without much fan fare, has only been opened for a week or two so the fact that it was packed was rather impressive. There was quite a cross section of ages present but only one table had children. Some familiar faces from Sonora were present but the food is quite different and the ambiance more casual. Both Alex, the maître‘d and Chef Rafael Palomino were there to greet guests which had to make those that enjoy Sonora feel very much at home. There is an emphasis on small plates, a wonderful array of Latin type drinks, a selection of about six different entrees and an extensive wine list at reasonable prices. We ordered the crab coquettes and a mustard coated salmon entrée which were quite flavorable although my companion would have preferred less fry. Service was good with perhaps an inconsequential bump here and there but overall it was a very pleasant evening that warrants a return.

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                  paris1976 Feb 12, 2012 08:41 AM

                  Thats awesome to know. I am hoping to go maybe tonight if the hubby is up for it. I loved going to Sonora. I haven't been there in a long time...Besdies BL is closer to home...

              2. JMF Feb 5, 2012 05:11 AM

                What are the prices like? Lunch? or just dinner?

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                  streamwise Feb 5, 2012 05:32 AM

                  I didn't see any hours anywhere, but I assume it was dinner only. Tapas was something on the order of $8-19, and the smaller entree list was on the order of $19-28. Salad, two entrees, one soda, and one beer were $72 with tax.

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                    jhopp217 Feb 5, 2012 06:36 AM

                    I look forward to trying it myself, but early buzz it is a little pricey and not what was expected from early reviews. That being said, when the people that tell me say "not what I expected." That usually means, really good food! I'm excited.

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                      SeanPK Feb 15, 2012 01:45 PM

                      I stopped in on their 2nd nite. Nice decor, friendly staff. Had the tapas of albondigas (lamb meatballs) w/ remesco sauce and 2 cheeses(manchengo and goat). A bit pricey for (3) 1.5 oz meatballs @ 11.00, but the flavor was excellent. Drink prices are average. If you sit at the bar, avoid the seat in front of the kitchen-you can feel the heat. Will return to try more.

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