First Look: Confessional Brings Latin Small Plates to the East Village

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

Confessional Dinner Menu

Confessional Cocktail Menu

  • Lamb chops a la plancha is topped with a mint chimichurri, ratatouille and port wine reduction.

  • Slices of branzino sit on a quinoa risotto.

  • The Love Affair mixes Ford's gin and St Germain elderflower liqueur with fresh cucumbers, mint and lemon juice.

  • Diners are encouraged to "confess" on this interactive art wall.

  • Plates by Italian designer Fornasetti hang on the walls.

  • Another look at designer Jorge Brown's artistic additions.