As you enter Comódo, your first sense is that you are in someone’s living room in a cozy home. Later you learn that the chef/couple who owns the restaurant actually began their culinary path hosting a supper club/dinners at their home for friends which is the exact way their new West Village restaurant is conveyed. The bar at the back is low key, almost hidden and quiet. Seats line the outskirts of the space including window seats with curtains, and there are a few tables in the center directly in front of the open kitchen. It’s all family here and everything is out in the open. The menu is intriguing and doesn’t use the same typical ingredients for traditional dishes that most restaurants are pumping out – you will see no mac ‘n cheese or truffle fries here. The chef is from Columbia and he puts an American twist on the Latin cuisine.IMG_4219Warm Kale Salad

IMG_4220Lamb Sliders
Definitely start off with the Lamb Sliders served on a homemade Brazilian cheese bread. Who says no to cheese bread anyway?  The lamb is juicy, hearty and uses distinct spices. The ceviche was a bit too creamy and milky for me, but we loved the Warm Kale and Quinoa Salad. The shitake mushrooms, dried blueberries, feta and aged balsamic vinegar  flavors pair so well together and this dish perplexed me in a good way because it did not taste like balsamic but something that I couldn’t identify. The heaping portion of Poblano Pepper Pasta is tasty and not like any pasta I’ve ever had due to the spicy Latin accent. We finished this off fast, and I wish I had asked for more of its amazing sauce.

The Day Boat Scallops are a generous portion, and the spaghetti squash risotto that comes with it also surprised my tastebuds as it wasn’t strong in flavor but light in the background. Dishes here are hearty, seasonal, quinoa and kale obsessive (in a good winter way) and bottles of white wine start as low as $29. Don’t forget about the pitchers of Sangria. This is a perfect last minute Saturday night dinner spot because people aren’t crowding the streets to get in, and it’s in a neighborhood that doesn’t have too much foot traffic to stumble upon without purpose. If you’re a tourist, make this your secret gem as it’s quaint, calm, stress-free, not obnoxious and you’ll fit right in and can pretend your a New York City  local. It’s a great casual date spot and a nice Sunday evening dinner to close off the weekend or catch up with friends and family. The passion and hard work put into this restaurant really shows and creates a meaningful and satisfying experience for all those who want to indulge. You can even end with the classic and comforting churros that have a chocolat dipping sauce.

***Tip: Check the restaurant’s website for special events because they are traveling to different cities to cook for people like you!