Escape Latino premiers in New Rochelle...

It is a charming dining room lined with stone, bamboo, black leather banquets and cozy bar area serving a mix of Latin/Caribbean cuisine. It is housed in the same building that previously operated as Sienna on Main Street near Rt. 95, not far from the Pelham border. The owners operate another Escape Latino on Hobart Ave. in the Bronx.
After hearing some buzz about it I stopped in early last night. Friendly greeting, tables already bustling. Sat at the bar and ordered just a tasting: delicious Clams Casino and their fresh made warm Empanada Trio stuffed with chicken, beef and spinach & cheese. They were a nice size and served with a mango sauce and spicy chipotle mayo. Delightful! Will be back to try more of their menu…

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Made a return visit to try a few more dishes last night…my guest and I lingered over a cocktail at the cozy bar before being seated. Our shared order: a tasty fresh Octopus Salad with mixed greens and fine vinaigrette; those wonderful Empanadas again; and a platter of their hearty Seafood Paella with mussels, clams, shrimp calamari and lobster on a bed of fluffy yellow rice. It was loaded, so good and easy to share. A fine Pinot Noir recommended by the house fit the bill nicely, too…
For dessert a big piece of Tres Leches cake satiated my sweet tooth.

Did the paella have socarrat?

Now that you mention it, there was a slight crustiness at the bottom the pan…it was tasty.

Glad to hear it.

I heard that Escape Latino in New Rochelle had started an entertainment calendar, so I visited for their first Latin Jazz Night. The trio was really good and the music soothing. It went well with my Modello and bowl of Ropa Vieja, shredded steak with saffron & sweet plantains.
They plan to have Latin Jazz every Wednesday evening, so far…

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