Inside the Newly Opened: Plado Tasting Bar in the East Village
Plado Tasting Bar is a new dining experience in the East Village, featuring globally influenced artistically crafted small plates and tapas style dishes with an emphasis on Mediterranean flavors and seasonal ingredients. Helmed by Chef/ Owner German Rizzo, Plado Tasting Bar is a true labor of love and Chef Rizzo can be found in all the details from his expertly crafted menu to the downstairs wine cellar and light fixtures, which he built himself. His menu aims to surprise and excite his guests’ palates with impactful flavors that hit all the senses, meant to be shared with friends and family.
All of the menu items are designed to be shared and emerge from the open kitchen in the upstairs dining space. The dishes are divided into four sections: Garden, Butcher, Sea and Board.
Our personal favorite: The Sea section showcases all organic and sustainable seafood with options such as the Seared Tuna on a bed of avocado, fennel and ginger aioli. The Cavatelli is presented in a miniature skillet with whole wheat pasta, clams, lardo iberico, chickpeas and asparagus. A favorite amongst guests comes in the form of the Charred Octopus with cous-cous, seasonal vegetables and poblano pepper oil for an added punch of heat. Norwegian Salmon is smoked tableside for an exciting presentation and complemented with citrus salsa, avocado and baby arugula sprouts.
The restaurant is currently available on UberEats, GrubHub, Postmates and through the website.