Estela opened this year to much fanfare. Food Critic Adam Platt named it one of the Best 10 New Restaurants of 2014. Needless to say, I was eager to check the place out.
This Mediterranean-themed tapas restaurant is situated on the 2nd floor, overlooking Houston Street. The space is long and dark, but the front windows do open up completely, bringing in a little bit of the SoHo ambience.
The nectarines with shaved cheese on top was light and fresh. A good summer dish.
Mussels on toast, topped with thinly sliced tomato and some parsley. What a simple, yet creative dish. I have never had mussels presented this way. The flavors were amazing! My favorite dish of the evening.
The burrata received lots of attention in many reviews. While good, I didn't find it outstanding.
The quail was good, but at $22, i expected more than a small piece of quail meat, the size of a chicken wing.
The Ricotta Dumplings were pillowy soft and just melted in my mouth. I quite like the sauce as well. The thinly sliced mushrooms didn't really taste like anything, but it did give the dish its beautiful presentation.
We shared two desserts; a refreshing strawberry sorbet and a rich, chocolate cake that's practically a mousse. Both desserts were forgettable.
Verdict: AA-. I think the restaurant's intended concept was to be a wine/cocktail bar with some good food. I would come back for drinks and some nibble at the bar.
47 East Houston Street (Between Mulberry & Mott St.)