AG Kitchen Makes For A Perfect Casual Night Out On The UWS
AG Kitchen is a neighborhood restaurant on the Upper West Side with a star chef at its helm, serving Latin comfort classics as well as creative preparations of burgers, Brazilian style roasted chicken and surf and turf.
A native Cuban, Alex Garcia’s family taught him to appreciate the simplicity of ingredients and the power of conviviality centered around the table. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Garcia worked alongside Chef Douglas Rodriguez at the inventive Yuca restaurant in Miami. Committed to expanding the reach of Nuevo Latino cuisine, the two chefs opened Patria in New York City in 1994. Rave reviews, including three stars from The New York Times, followed.
Garcia opened Erizo Latino in Soho in 1998. Again, the local and national media were impressed thus establishing Garcia as a culinary leader of Latin America cuisine in New York. Calle Ocho on the Upper West Side was his third restaurant endeavor, which has thrived for over a decade.
In the early 2000’s, Garcia opened Babalu, a nod to the authenticity and vibrancy of his native Cuban cuisine and then Copacabana in Times Square where his cuisine and music set the standards in New York City Latino scene. He has been at the helm of AG Kitchen for the last five years and shows no signs of stopping.