Thursday, June 02, 2011

Coppelia, New York

On our last girls day, petiteseour and I went to the newly opened Coppelia for dinner, a 24-hour West Village Cuban/Latino diner opened by the owners of Toloache and Yerba Buena.

We were very tempted by such delicious-sounding entrees as coffee-braised oxtail and chocolate-glazed ribs, but wanting to eat lighter, we opted to share a bunch of starters.

The ceviche limeno was nice and bright, with sweet potato chunks, and 3 types of corn - large Peruvian kernels, regular sweet corn, and dried crunchy corn nut-style kernels.

We also got an oxtail empanada, which was very sweet. Petiteseour suspected they used plantain in it. And lastly, was the Pizza Cubana, basically all the ingredients of a Cubano sandwich -- roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard -- all on a pizza crust.

We finished it all off with a trio of sorbet/helado -- tamarind mojito, passionfruit mango tequila, and leche condensada.

We have vowed to go back for brunch to try out their dessert basket, with creations by Pinchet Ong. And these pearl sugar cheese bread balls that petiteseour raved about.

207 West 14th Street, between 7th and 8th, NYC, 212-858-5001

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