Ok, well Bellota is not in New York City, it's in fact in White Plains. It is one of two restaurants under the same roof on the 42nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton, White Plains. Why am I writing about this Portuguese tapas spot? Because you need to check it out. Like it's sister restaurant 42, it is amazing. Chef Anthony Goncalves is not only a cool and hip guy, he is one of the most talented chefs out there today. I'm happy for the people of White Plains and Westchester County, but I feel bad for my fellow Manhattanites, because we would love his cooking in NYC.
A Foie gras slider with quince and sea salt literally melted in my mouth. Having a bite of this dish first, was like having sex with Angelina Jolie at a book signing. You never met, you lock eyes, and she takes you to the bathroom immediately. I ate this sexy little slider at my table, but thought about hooking up with the other three in privacy.
Grilled octopus with fingerling potatoes, garlic, herbs, and sherry was delicious. The flavors danced a waltz on my taste buds.
Iberico ham was sensational. Pairing it with crisped pineapple was beyond ingenious. A true joy to eat.
Braised pork belly with espresso-honey glaze, spicy pepper puree, and a quail egg was unique and really good. It made me smile..a lot.
House-cured salt cod fritters with garlic aioli were fabulous. Pillows of fish; light and scrumptious.
Shrimp empanadas with saffron aioli were also truly great!
Don't forget to order your veggies at Bellota. Both the fried artichokes with honey aioli and the patatas bravas with romesco were wonderful.
So take a trip to Bellota in White Plains, then ride the elevator to the 42nd floor. You'll be in Portuguese tapas heaven, and closer to God.
Bellota At 42
One Renaissance Square (inside 42 at the Ritz-Carlton)
White Plains, NY 10601