Get directions | 38 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003
Hours | Sunday 11am-3pm | 5:30pm-10pm, Monday 12pm-3pm | 5:30pm-10:30pm, Tuesday 12pm-3pm | 5:30pm-10:30pm, Wednesday 12pm-3pm | 5:30pm-10:30pm, Thursday 12pm-3pm | 5:30pm-11pm, Friday 12pm-3pm | 5:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday 11am-3pm | 5:30pm-11:30pm
ABC Cocina is Jean-George’s second spot inside ABC Carpet & Home and picks up right where his first spot, ABC Kitchen, left off. But while ABC Kitchen has fallen from grace, the good news is that ABC Cocina is still an excellent restaurant.
Like its predecessor/older brother (who it shares space with), ABC Cocina is all about seasonal ingredients, lots of vegetables, a giant menu of small plates, and an excellent and extensive cocktail menu. ABC Cocina isn’t reinventing the wheel, but what they are doing is serving some of the better Latin-inspired eats in this city – including an $8.50 taco we don’t hate ourselves for buying. The tacos at ABC Cocina are amazing – but the tacos are just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of ways to build an excellent meal here, as long as you’re prepared to pay for it – dinner here adds up quickly.
Another thing you should be prepared for: a space that looks like it could be in Vegas. As in Le Cirque Vegas, not Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar – but still, Vegas. It’s colorful, it’s sparkly, and the place definitely feels like a production, but one you actually want to have a birthday or fun date night in.
So what’s next for the ABC Carpet & Home restaurant empire? We predict a third spot on the exclusive top floor of ABC Carpet & Home. A secret elevator, a roof cabana, monkeys, and a menu of finger food that can be eaten off lighting fixtures instead of dishware. You’re welcome for the idea, Jean-Georges.