Estela

Nolita
New American

At their buzzy downtown hotspot, chef Ignacio Mattos and partner Thomas Carter pack the house for their subversively understated small plates. (In 2014, traffic was brought to a slow creep on busy Houston Street when President Obama dined at the restaurant.) The tartare—hand-cut beef folded with pickled elderberries and fried sunchoke shards—is the best in town. And Mattos’s rendition of mussels escabeche proffers the plump shellfish perched on aioli-slathered toasts in a vinegary, bright green broth. If you don’t have a reservation, go early or be prepared to dance around servers by the crammed marble bar; order their take on a Negroni, made with mezcal, Cynar, sweet vermouth, and thyme, and the wait won't feel so bad.

Estela
47 E. Houston St., 2nd Fl.New York, NY United States
212-219-7693

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