What’s in a name? Well, at Soho’s hottest new restaurant, Her Name Was Carmen, some tasty and creative cuisine, that’s for sure! This two-story spot with a serene, laidback ambiance, serves up rich flavors of contemporary Latin American cuisine. With a menu that combines fresh seafood with Latin spices, you will find plenty of mouth-watering dishes that will have both you and your taste buds dancing the night away!
This downtown dining destination, which will be celebrating its first anniversary this month, is the latest project by Thatcher Shultz and Andres Diaz, the founders of such iconic spots as the Garret, Felix and Tropicana Parties. The restaurant has two spacious floors, where you can dine, drink and dance – this Broome street spot is always booming! With delectable dishes and a nostalgic design inspired by the bold and modernistic strokes from the ’50s and ’60s Latin America, they bring innovative creations and a chic vibe to every table. From eclectic music to enticing cocktails, including the Carmencita made with benhaz mezcal, pineapple, lime, cilantro and habanero, Her Name Was Carmen is definitely calling your name!
Enjoy a seductive setting and savory dishes at this seafood-focused spot, where they use only the most authentic ingredients which are inspired by Latin American countries. The restaurant, which delivers divine dishes, is led by Chef Ben Hammou, the former star of the three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin. Chef Hammou teamed up with renowned pastry chef Victoria Ellis Jackson to create a culinary heaven right in New York City.
With so many flavorful options, you’ll go loco for these Latin American delicacies! For starters, we recommend sampling their tasty tuna dish, served with avocado, tomato and oregano, or the Sea Bream Crudo with lemon ginger emulsion, chalaquita and Peruvian corn. Spice things up with the Bread Crusted Halibut, served with cilantro, spicy aji amarillo, butter and green beans. Meat lovers will definitely want to sink their teeth into their juicy short rib with pickled honjimeshi, miso, aji panca, celery root and black garlic. You know you’ve made it when Van Leeuwen makes you your own ice cream – that’s right, Her Name Was Carmen now has its own ice cream flavor!
Unwind at their Wine Wednesdays which take place twice a month in their cocktail lounge, where you will be able to enjoy live music and presentations by renowned winemakers. During these special events, guests are treated to a wine presentation hosted by Sommelier Yuval Bar-Kokhba, followed by a live musical performance. Here you can order premium featured wines by the glass along with a special bar menu, or head to the restaurant where you can try the dishes that pair with the fine wine selection sampled during the event. With over two decades of experience as a wine advisor, sommelier and attorney, Yuval Bar-Kokhba is the name you want to remember when you enter Her Name Was Carmen. Future events will feature Ribera del Duero and the New York City launch of Mexico’s leading winemaker Monte Xanic, as well as many other exciting wine regions.
Escape the cold this winter with the exciting Latin American dishes at Her Name Was Carmen, which are sure to warm you up!
527 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013