My wife and I had an early dinner at the A Casa Fox on Saturday night. I heard about this place on OpenTable after it made the top ten Romantic list few weeks ago.
I read few reviews on Yelp and wanted to make sure we have a quiet dinner, so we reserved a table for an early dinner. When we got there only few tables were occupied and that was about five - five thirty, we left about seven and it was still fairly quiet.
We were seated near the wood-burning fire place which is such a nice thing to have specially when it is cold out as it was last Saturday. We started with a great bottle of Rioja. Wine list is not large but the they offer great wines (and Sangria) at very reasonable prices. After a brief conversation with Chef/Owner Melissa (who happens to be very passionate about cooking and her food) we ordered the house special Empanada Platter which was really tasty and also it was a great deal at $8 to share before dinner.
Next we continued with the Citrus Marinated Chicken Skewers, Grilled Chorizo + Manchego Plate, Risotto Croquettes with Tocino + Queso and Stuffed Cubanelle Pepper with fried tostones (it's a must!). It does sound like a lot to eat but we skipped lunch so we then continued to order some of their clay-pot dishes. Each dish was better than the last. For our main we ordered the Costillas de Cerdo(slow cooked ribs) and Arroz con Pollo (shrreded chicken with rice/fried plantains). These are simple, hearty dishes and they taste wonderful when cooked right, as they were. Chef / Owner / Master of Kitchen Melissa explained that she cooks the authentic Latin American recipes passed down the generations and then from her mother to herself so each dish takes you away for a cultural and a culinary experience and adventure.
We finished with pear crumble and chocolate empanadas. Nice glass of Port or Sherry would have gone nicely with our dessert but another glass of Rioja was the next best thing. This is a place that we could have stayed and continued with our wine for hours to enjoy the warmth from the fireplace and interesting conversation with the chef and her staff. We look forward to our next visit to try some of her other masterful creations.
A Casa Fox
173 Orchard St
New York, NY 10079