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New New Restaurant on Ave B

October 15, 2007

Just across the street from 18 Ave. B (now, officially, called Zaitzeff… ugh), is another brand new LES restaurant called Cantina. According to the host at the door, they’ll be serving “Pan-Latin home-cooking.” I didn’t see a menu, but the idea sounds delicious. And the inside decor looked homey and relaxing. They had a soft-opening over the weekend—there’s still brown paper taped to the windows! But the host mentioned that they’d be officially open this week. Also, they’ve got a license for beer, wine, and champagne, which is the answer I received when I asked if they had a liquor license. I guess it’s different. Chef Jason Neroni, the former chef at Porchetta and 71 Fresh Clinton Foods, is on-board as a consultant, and the place is owned by Jason Swami of Movida. Sounds interesting. My favorite part of the Eater post of Cantina’s press release is the statement that the design is supposed to be a “ghetto hodge-podge.” My kind of place.

I didn’t take a picture—sorry!

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