First Look: Confessional Brings Latin Small Plates to the East VillageBy Patty Lee | June 27, 2014 By Patty Lee | June 27, 2014
The Gist: The Kingfish Group launches a new Latin-inspired eatery in the East Village.
The Space: Interior designer Jorge Brown drew inspiration from both New York City and his home country, the Dominican Republic. He shopped at flea markets to decorate the space, filling it with African masks, antique mirrors and wooden columns that date back to the early 1900s. Other standout elements include Fornasetti plates, oversized chandeliers and framed sea fans that were made exclusively in the D.R. A 60-foot art wall lets visitors jot down their thoughts and — yes — secret confessions.
The Food: Riffing off the restaurant's name, the menu is split into sections like Commandments, Mortal Sins and Holy Sacraments. Chef Ricardo Cardona (Sofrito, Hudson River Cafe) dishes up small plates such as shrimp chicharrón tossed in a sweet-and-spicy sauce; lamb chops a la plancha topped with chipotle aioli; and empanadas stuffed with oxtail and sweet plantain. Weekend brunch will feature heuvos rancheros and rosé sangria.
The Drinks: Drinks expert Nelson Lemus (Z Bar, Sazon) created the cocktail list, which features more biblical references: Devil's Advocate (cachaca, cashew nectar, lime juice), Last Supper (vodka, elderflower liqueur, homemade strawberry puree) and Bad Coscience (rye, sweet vermouth, spiced pomegranate tea).
The Details: 308 Sixth St.; 212-477-2400