Located by Lincoln Center, Gastroarte is a restaurant to immerse yourself into the world of art and food. With intricate paintings of a bull fighter and flamengo dancers on the walls, it is hard not to notice the Spanish influences that Jesus Nunez (the chef) has made upon this restaurant.
Note: All dishes shown are their tasting-sized portions.
Each table was given a few small starters to whet your appetite. Pictured above were their croquetas – one filled with cheese and ham and the other made of squid ink. It was actually quite nice, not too fried or oily, and so easy to just pop them into your mouth.
I really enjoyed their version of patatas bravas, Patatas Braviolis, which are fried potato cubes with house bravioli sauce. The sauce was very well done – nice and spicy giving the petite potato cubes a nice kick.
Labeled their Savory Carrot “Cake” with mahón cheese, asparagus seemed like an interesting appetizer to try. They said it was one of their most popular dishes and served as inspiration for their paintings and decor of a dining room section. It was definitely unique (who makes savory carrot cakes?) and had a nice creamy texture to it. The carrot flavor was just enough for you to know what it is, but had a completely different texture than the typical carrot crunch.
Their Beets And Goat Cheese Mosaic Salad was nicely cooked and cubed; the beets were soft and easy to eat.
The Red Tuna served with tomato and sherry sauce was delectable. The tuna was cooked just right, a pinkish red in the middle and lightly seared on the outside. I particularly liked the “sauce” or as I would like to say “broth” – it had the sweet tartness from the tomato and sherry. I only wished my piece was slightly bigger so I could have more.
I ended off the meal with Warm Liquid, chocolate fritters served with various orange sauces and jellies. I liked the dessert, especially since they used a dark chocolate that really worked with the slight bitterness and tartness of the orange sauces / jelly.
Gastoarte is a solid restaurant that cooks their food to perfection and plates it just as seriously. Your plate is their canvas, and they look to bring your dining experience into another realm of artistry and deliciousness. You pay for this particular experience where entrees are upper $20s to $30s, but hey – it’s still cheaper than a painting.
141 W. 69th St., nr. Broadway