Jewish-Latin Fusion Eatery to Pop Up Next Week
Pastrami croquettas and molé braised brisket with sweet plantain kugel will top the four-day pop-up’s menu.
February 13, 2013
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The South of Fifth neighborhood is getting a flavorful new addition during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. El Ñosh, a Latin American-meets-Jewish eatery, will pop up for four nights starting Thursday, February 21. The two chefs behind the pop-up—Eric Greenspan of L.A.’s lauded The Foundry on Melrose and Roberto Treviño, who specializes in Puerto Rican food—met on the set of The Next Iron Chef’s second season and have remained friends ever since. “We each bring our own sense of flair and whimsy," explains Greenspan, “but tied to technically sound cooking.”
Believe it or not, Puerto Rico, where Treviño has three restaurants (Budatai, Bar Gitano, El Barril), has the largest Jewish community in the Caribbean. And both chefs believe Miamians will likewise take to the hybrid cuisine. “I think the time has come to formally introduce this concept,” says Treviño. “There's isn't a more perfect town to debut this fusion than Miami, a city where both cultures have co-existed, mingled, and fused in many interesting ways.” Said interesting dishes include pastrami and dill pickle croquetas, molé braised brisket with sweet plantain kugel, and Mataz brei tres leches.
On the possibilities of a more permanent endeavor, Greenspan says, “The possibilities are endless. Treviño is a dear friend, talented chef, and businessman who I'd love to work with continually. There have been talks, and if the right opportunity presents itself, who knows?” Next Thursday's opening celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. and feature specialty cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, a live klezmer band, and Latin lounge music by El Shaman. Beachfront dinner service will continue through Sunday from 6 to 11 p.m. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-967-2465