NYC’s Salvation Taco

SALVATION TACO is a new taco joint from two notable New York City chefs, our friend and chef extraordinaire, Roberto Santibañez of Fonda Restaurants, and the bold, highly successful chef of gastro pubs, April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory Oyster Bar. Bloomfield said that she and her business partner, Ken Friedman chose the name by giving a nod to the building’s former occupants, The Salvation Army. Roberto says this is a great place for eclectic mix of tacos and great drinks by mixologist, Sam Anderson. The trendy Pod 39 Hotel is also housed in the same building. For more information visit Zagat.

A Chef’s tour of Mexico City with Roberto Santibañez

Photo by David Hagerman for The New York Times

My friend and chef extraordinaire, Roberto Santibañez, met his friend and co-author, J. J. Goode, of two of his cookbooks, Truly Mexican and the new Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales, in Mexico City where Roberto was able to share his love of his hometown. The outcome was recently published in Goode’s article in The New York Times.

I first met Roberto many years ago when he was a chef at an exciting new restaurant in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa where he introduced me to poblano chiles stuffed with a tangy cheese enveloped in puff pastry. Roberto later started his own restaruant in Mexico City before heading to the U.S. where he became the chef at Fonda San Miguel in Austin and then to Rosa Mexicano in New York City. He recently opened his second Fonda restaurant in Manhattan. I am so lucky to have Roberto as an occasional guest chef on my culinary trips to Mexico.

Roberto’s new book will be available in October. You can preorder from Amazon now.