Affordable dinner, wrapped in a tortilla.
By Hope S. Philbrick
One Midtown Kitchen has been named one of Bon Appetit’s “Hot Tables” and a “Neighborhood Gem” by Gourmet magazine. That doesn’t mean the restaurant is suitable only for swanky, high-ticket, special occasion dinners—it can step up to that, but it’s not only for that. The regular dinner menu, which changes seasonally, offers a mouthwatering range of small plates, entrées, drinks and sweets so you can keep your meal simple or build a feast as suits your budget, mood and stomach capacity at the time of your visit.
As if to underscore the “we’re affordable!” message, Executive Chef Matt Weinstein recently introduced Taco Tuesdays. Stop by for dinner any Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. and grab any combination of three tacos plus a Tecate beer for $13.
Featured tacos change weekly, but the idea is that you can order one of each creation or two or three of whichever one sounds most appealing to you. This week, the options included calamari, pork belly and cremini mushroom. Though I risk getting kicked out of the South for admitting this, I dislike pork belly (yes, even when it’s bacon), so I opted to try one calamari and two mushroom tacos. My husband ordered two calamari and one mushroom. You might have enjoyed three pork belly tacos. You get the idea.
These soft-shell tacos come dressed with complimentary aioli, salsa fresca, and whatever else Chef has designed into the taste experience. The quality of the food is, of course, top notch, as should be expected here. For example, the calamari was gently fried in a delicate coating and cooked to crisp-tender perfection. The mushrooms were savory and melt-in-your-mouth warm deliciousness.
Add rice and black beans for $1—I highly recommend that you do, they’re bound to be the yummiest bargain of your week—and a shot of tequila for $3. Even if you splurge on all the add-ons, #TacoTuesday is a real meal deal.
@21plusTravel Tip: If you’re dining alone, sit at the bar and you may strike up a conversation with another budget-conscious taco loving foodie.
One Midtown Kitchen
559 Dutch Valley Road
Odds of Encountering Children: Generally low at this restaurant. Odds of encountering corporate professionals in a range of ages from Millennials to Baby Boomers is high.
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