One Restaurant Opening This Week Isn’t Enough for Alex Garcia

Do I look like I'm worried about opening two restaurants at once?Photo: Melissa Hom

These are busy days indeed for Nuevo Latino chef Alex Garcia. Having just opened Carniceria in the space formerly occupied by Porchetta, Garcia is about to open another restaurant, this one on Manhattans West Side. Gaucho Steak Co., which goes live today, is an Argentine steak concept based on the chefs smaller establishment, Gaucho Steak, in Montclair, New Jersey. In Argentina, if you want steak, they have a place called a parilla, which is just a guy behind the grill, Garcia tells us. Hell make you a steak, French fries, chorizo on bread, whatever you want. Its really casual, and thats what were trying to do. That plan seems to run counter to the fairly elaborate kind of cooking that established Garcia as an avatar of new Latin American cooking at Novo and Calle Ocho. However just as at Carniceria Garcia has found a way to express his style through the appetizers, presumably hell do something similar at Gaucho Steak. No Alex Garcia restaurant is ever likely to be really reminiscent of a guy behind a grill.

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