Owner and chef Marco Matheu knows a thing or two about showcasing the rare delicacies and treats from Chile. Before opening Enoteca, Marco and his business partner Daniel Mizner introduced Harlem to Dulceria, an authentic Chilean bakery offering eye-catching and tasty pastries like alfajores and lemon meringue cakes. With Enoteca, Marco is whipping up a dynamic menu that changes every two weeks. Guests can look forward to dishes like Chilean albóndiga (ground meat rolled with rice, eggs, and herbs), an albóndiga Vasca (inspired by Basque cuisine), and a Brazilian version stuffed with a mild, ricotta-like cheese. Locals love the piquillo (stuffed red pepper with codfish) and the impressive assortment of rare wines from Chile and Spain. Marco told us, “We import from small wineries in Chile. These are very small wineries and hard to find as they make minimal quantities of them each year. I love the meticulous effort they put into the wines, and I try to emulate that level of dedication at Enoteca, which is just as small as some of the wineries we work with.” The restaurant consists of an interior patio and a sidewalk terrace decorated with gardenias, cardinal flowers, and hibiscus, a perfect spot for a selfie or two. Still, Marco isn’t too keen on cell phones. “People use their phones all the time at restaurants, but I want them to enjoy each other’s company and put the phone away,” Marco laughs, “we need to go back to enjoying dining together again.” We wholeheartedly agree. Find Enoteca at 2220 Frederick Douglas between Federick Douglass Blvd and W 120th St.
Contento, in Spanish, translates to ‘happy,’ and the atmosphere here definitely exudes positivity. It has a warm and inviting wine bar with a Peruvian-rooted food menu and an eye toward inclusive hospitality and space accessibility. Contento offers a wide range of wines, paired with a menu led by chef Oscar Lorenzzi which features dishes like octopus with black chimichurri and duck liver mousse with purple corn focaccia. Restaurateurs Yannick Benjamin and George Gallego, who use wheelchairs, helped craft and design every inch of the dining room with consideration for wheelchair users, including wider aisles, higher tabletops, and lowered bar seating. Locals seem to love the festive atmosphere here, and dishes like the Arroz con pato and the short rib udon remain top of the hitlist. Find Contento at 88 E 111th street between Park Avenue and Madison in the heart of East Harlem.
Beer lovers in Harlem are excited about Beer Run’s opening in Hamilton Heights. This is a craft beer spot armed with 16 tap lines (including wine) and 11 fridges containing a staggering amount of beers and ciders. It will be tricky to decide which brew is right for you out of 250 choices, but Beer Run has you covered at 36094 Broadway between W 148th and W 149th Streets. You can try a traditional Belgium lambic beer with 400g of cherries per liter aged in year-old oak casks or a couple of IPAs from local breweries like Kings County Brewers Collective.