This week on 1st/Look New York the Lower East Side heats up with a little Latin flare at Rayuela, a totally unique new restaurant, inspired by the flavors of South America, Central America, Mexico, and Spain. Sara Gore checks out the hot new digs.
Owner Hector Sanz pairs lively cocktails with fusion dishes like the Lobster Revolution Ceviche and Rib Eye with Truffled Polenta. Breezy white curtains divide long communal tables set around a towering tree that grows in the middle of the restaurant, and a massive skylight gives the feeling of dining under the stars.
165 Allen Street / between Rivington and Stanton Streets
Lower East Side / New York
On the nights when you want to stay in and enjoy a home-cooked meal, but can’t bear the thought of slaving over a hot stove, Really Cool Foods does all of the prep work for you. Really Cool Foods sells everything you need to prepare restaurant quality meals at home without having to follow a complicated recipe or buy endless ingredients at the market for just one dish.
Individual packages of pre-cooked and fresh ingredients come together in your kitchen to create jaw-dropping dishes like fresh fusilli with pesto, tandoori chicken or mushroom risotto. All you have to do is choose one of their easy-to-follow recipe cards, grab the prepped ingredients, and take it all home and make like Mario Batali — dinner is served.
Really Cool Foods
1059 Third Avenue / at 63rd Street
Upper East Side / New York