Owner and chef "Mr. G," as he's fondly called by regulars, works in the kitchen twice a week prepping all of the components for each dish. On the other five days, he works the floor doting over customers like a proud Papa. Originally opening his first restaurant in Queens more than eight years ago, Mr. G fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning an eatery in Manhattan.
This isn't just any eatery, however. Mr. G's son Diego is the restaurant's resident sommelier, and each dish is crafted with authentic Spanish presentation and seasonings.
First came the Esparragos Blancos Y La Vinagreta De Chardonnay. For those who aren't bilingual (myself included), that's navarra white asparagus spears in a chardonnay vinaigrette with a dash of lemon. I'd never seen white asparagus, let alone tried it, but I was pleasantly surprised by its mild flavor. The lemon was just the touch the dish needed to really sing.
"It's especial because you feel especial when you drink from it."
By the end of my meal, the entire restaurant was filled to the brim with laughing, smiling people. If that's not the kind of place you want to return to, then I don't know what is.