For three days this month, diners at the Malt n Mash restaurant in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District got the cutting edge of fusion cuisine. Was it Kimchi Tacos’ Mexican-Korean hybrid? Or a French-Vietnamese concoction?
Nope, it was Jewish-Latin food from El Ñosh.
The pop-up restaurant was the brainchild of celebrity chefs Eric Greenspan of LA and Roberto Treviño of San Juan. The two met as contestants on the Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef.”
The two remained friends and wanted to work together. Greenspan told the Jewish Daily forward that “it was just a natural thing” to draw on their personal backgrounds in their collaboration (Greenspan is Jewish; Treviño has Mexican heritage and runs restaurants in Puerto Rico).
Greenspan also described how they brainstormed the food: “Roberto sent me five Latin dishes and I Jewified them and I sent him five Jewish dishes and he Latinized them. Jewifying and Latinizing is how we created the menu.”
Favorite dishes at the event included pastrami and dill pickle croquetas with yellow mustard, smoked salmon and cream cheese quesadillas, and matzoh ball Albondiga soup.
Reportedly, an El Ñosh food truck was also seen on the streets of New York, and is on its way to LA. El Ñosh has also had pop up events in Miami.