The Upper West Side's Orale is a place that is as appetizing on the eyes as on the palate. There is a fun atmosphere--barrio style florescent graffiti lines the front walls and the dead center features 100 of bottles of Jarrito's soda against a lit wall (creating some very unique "pop art”). There is also some interesting Day Of The Dead art placed in key spaces in both the bar and dining area. The staff is friendly in this month-old eatery and will customize the food without charging you extra and with no hassles.
My dining partner Gail and I started out with guacamole done three ways (the menu offers at least five different versions of guac); you get all three for $12. The Orale guacamole is all made with the same traditional recipe but the toppings make all the offerings different. Our favorite was the blue cheese and pepitas topped guacamole known as the Blue Demon, but the Casa (guac made with onions and jalapenos) and El Naco (guac topped with crispy braised pork belly) really had a nice kick to them in different ways.
I will be definitely be heading back to Orale—I am dying to try the Carne Asade next time. Who can resist a beef tenderloin topped with red onion and chili lime fries? Not me, for sure!
768 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025