The owners of the Chilean pastry & bakery shop Dulceria, have now opened right next door (literally} the tapas & wine restaurant Enoteca. This small, but charming tapas wine bar has about 30 seats, a back yard patio (as well as a store front patio).
A few tables take up most of the small and narrow space with a large couch in the middle (in lieu of a bar) which is the common seating for diners without a reservation.
As I walked in (late for my 6pm reservation) they were carving a leg of imported Chilean ham and watched in amazement for a minute or two before I was led to my table for dinner by one of the pretty servers.
Now Enoteca boosts about 40 Chilean Wines, and I wanted to inspect (of course) their selection of Chardonnay’s. I went with the Halclenda San Juan Chardonnay: This “biodynamic” wine from the coastal region of Casablanca in Chilie has a citrus and fruit flavor, with a mild after taste that can be described as refreshing.
Halclenda San Juan Chardonnay
Since this is tapas, I ordered a few things, and the Piquillo: Red Rooster Peppers filled with Cod, and covered in leek cream and Tigre: Mussels boiled in white wine, onion garlic and bechamel seemed like a good place to start.
These two tapas dishes were quite tasty, I really enjoyed the complex taste of the Tigre which had a unique flavor and mild seasoning which played upon my pallet quite delightfully.
Next up I was presented with the Lobster the Cava: Alioli of cava and butter lobster’s claw, and the Scallops: Txacoli wine with fresh garlic lime covered with shrimp.
Lobster the Cava & Scallops
These two tapas dishes were so good I was tempted to order another round of the most delicious tapas I have ever tasted! I highly recommend these two. Last but not least I had the Bacalao: Cod onions and the rest is a secret (and indeed it should), as this tapas dish was probably the best of them all! I ate it very slowly to savor the flavor of this exotic dish.
Enoteca is located at: 2220 Frederick Douglass Blvd (917) 993-4459 on the corner of West 120th Street. This is the perfect place for a romantic dinner/intimate evening, after work drinks with friends, or get to meet new people in conversations on the couch over a superior glass of wine!