The best culinary block in New York City is East 7th Street. Stretching from Bowery to Avenue A, the restaurants on this street are fantastic. From pork sandwiches at Sarah Jenkins' Porchetta and her pasta at Porsena, to lobster rolls at Luke's Lobster, arepas at Caracas Arepas, Greek delights at Pylos and cupcakes at Butter Lane, this street has it all! It also has Desnuda, an awesome winebar and cevicheria. My first time at Desnuda was two weeks ago, a little nook of a bar, serving great ceviches and oysters. I'm not sure what took so long for me to get there, but good things come to those who wait.
Sichuan tea smoked oysters is a unique and amazing culinary experience. Just watching how the chef smokes these little babies is a show in itself, and the effect is pure ectasy for all your senses. Order them.
My fellow culinary adventurers and I decided to order all three ceviche specials. This included a delicious lobster ceviche in a green curry, an amazing sea bass ceviche with sesame sauce, and perfectly crunchy and flavorful soft shell crab ceviche. All three were excellent.
For dessert, we has some fabulous fresh oysters, and our adventure was complete.
Desnuda is a true treasure of a place. Grab a glass of wine or a South American beer, have some fabulous ceviche, and thank me later. East 7th Street is magical.
122 E. 7th St. (bet. 1st and A)
New York, NY 10009