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Cocina Del Sur: A South American Grill Specializing in Healthy Indulgence!

Eat What Makes You Happy Signage
All Photos By Gail

As we become increasingly health conscious when it comes to dining out, the concept of fast food that can be prepared on-demand from fresh ingredients has been popularized by chains like Chipotle, and Moe’s, among others. It’s no accident that these restaurants feature southwestern flavors, because — let’s face it — Mexican food is awesome, and the variety of preferred-ingredient combinations is almost endless. Who misses a Burger when you can do a Burrito Bowl dozens of different ways? What’s really fun and exciting for a foodie like me is to see the Chipotle model emulated to expand beyond Mexican into tasty Mediterranean and Latin cuisines. Recently, I was invited to visit Cocina Del Sur, a midtown fast-casual restaurant specializing in Latin dining that is both healthy and indulgent. Let’s check it out!

Store View from Front Door

Aside from the food, the Latin flare extends to the music and decor of the restaurant, which customers seem to enjoy.

Menu Interior

Open since 2016, owner Ronny Abenhaim draws on his South American roots to create Cocina Del Sur’s simple menu of fresh and vibrantly flavorful ingredients. Ronny explains, “although Cocina Del Sur has a bit of every country in South America, it has a heavy Colombian influence since that’s were I grew up. You can find many of my childhood favorite dishes and ingredients on the menu.”

Diners can custom-build a meal from two basic starter options: a Plate, which includes your choice of two side dishes and a sauce for $10.95; or a Salad or Bowl, which includes a base of Lettuce, Rice or Quinoa, plus three additional ingredients and one sauce for $8.95. A selection of seven different proteins, with choices like grilled organic chicken, organic tofu, and grass-fed hangar steak can be added to your meal for a nominal extra charge ($1.00 to $4.50). All meats are brined and marinated overnight to be extra flavorful and tender.

Front Counter Ordering

If this seems confusing at all, the staff is very friendly (on my visit I met Kevin and Daisy, who are both really nice and excited to be working with Ronny at Cocina Del Sur), and they will be happy to explain how ordering works or to answer any questions about how the food is prepared.

Sauces
Customize your level of spice with a choice of sauces that include Green Chimichurri, Pico Del Gallo, House BBQ, Tomatillo (with little Avocado in it), Chili Pepper, Mango Salsa, or the House Dressing.

Chicken and Rice Plate
Pictured: Bowl with Cilantro Rice and topped with Organic Grilled Chicken, Roasted Corn, Black Beans, Fried Onions and Sliced Avocado. Amazingly Delicious!

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Fancy Animal Carnival By Hung Yi in The Garment District

Pandas
Panda Family By Hung Yi (All Photos By Gail)

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One of Taiwan’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Hung Yi (洪易), in association with NYC’s Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, has brought a selection of his large scale, fantastical and cheerful sculptures to New York City in a Fall/Winter exhibition. Fancy Animal Carnival is currently on view outdoors in the Garment District Pedestrian Plazas, between 34th Street and 42nd Street.

Dromedary Camel
Dromedary Camel

Hung Yi creates animated and personified interpretations of animals based on symbols from Taiwanese traditions, which are believed to be lucky. He paints the whimsical sculptures with patterns and texts that are aligned with fortuitous intention. Yi’s works are displayed in many locations outside of Taiwan, which include airports, theater halls, plazas and universities all around the world, and it is very cool to have this exhibit here in the city for all to enjoy!

Bactrian Camel
Bactrian Camel

All sculptures are created from painted, baked enamel on steel plate, and they are mounted on granite pedestals.

Bactrian Camel Detail
Bactrian Camel, Detail

Here are a few of the sculptures that you will encounter as you walk along Broadway between Herald Square and Times Square.

Fortunate Round Dragon
Fortunate Round Dragon

Dynamic Round Dragon
Dynamic Round Dragon

Yellow Ox
Yellow Ox

Buffalo and Eagle
Buffalo and Eagle

Dragon Horse
Dragon Horse

Hung Yi’s Fancy Animal Carnival will be on Display Along NYC’s Garment District Pedestrian Plazas, Broadway between 34th Street and 41st Street, Through April 15th, 2017.

Auspicious Triple Sheep
Auspicious Triple Sheep

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