Lower East Side
Get directions | 43 Canal St, New York, NY 10002
Hours | open everyday
Food doesn’t have to be fancy in order to be good. Just look at most pizza. Or go eat some seafood in pretty much any coastal area. It probably won’t need much to taste great. Olive oil, salt, some other sh*t – we don’t know, we aren’t chefs. But at least a few people at Cervo’s are, and they seem to be familiar with this concept.
Cervo’s is from the people behind Hart’s, one of our favorite restaurants in Bed-Stuy, and the two places have a lot in common. They’re Mediterranean-inspired and fairly casual, and they both serve good, unpretentious food. There are, however, two key differences: Cervo’s is on the Lower East Side, and most of the menu is fish.
Here, you’ll find a lot of small things like sardines with radishes, a ‘crispy’ egg with anchovies, and a plate of clams in a white wine sauce. The food is Portuguese/Spanish, and it’s all pretty straightforward in a home-cooked sort of way. The tuna conserva, for example, is basically just a great tuna salad with some lettuce, hazelnuts, and a ton of olive oil. It isn’t especially high-concept, but you probably wouldn’t be able to replicate it at home.
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