Wednesday, February 5, 2014

☞ EAT: Tapas at Tio Luca on Lenox

Tio Luca had a soft opening in Central Harlem a week or so ago and the new tapas eatery at Lenox and 131st Street is now definitely offering up dinner service.  We dropped by last night for a couple of small bites and tried out their red sangria which was much better than the drinks served up at most latin establishments uptown.

Word of mouth has it that the owner is from South America originally so we chose the lobster ceviche tapas to start and thought that dish had good qualities but was a little overcooked.  The avocado and mango flavors within the dish were definitely top quality along with the robust kernels of roasted corn which had a bit more texture to them than what North Americans are familiar with.

After having more tacos at Cantina this weekend, we decided to check out the chicken quesadillas at Tio Luca which had fresh ingredients but somehow could have been grilled more or offered up warmer than presented.  There were heavier entrees on the menu but nothing too adventuresome that would worry a picky eater.  Overall the new rustic space with its high ceiling and exposed brick walls is a solid addition to the neighborhood with decent service but we probably have to return one more time to see if some of the other offerings could really amaze us.  Has anyone tried Tio Luca?


  1. Yes I did it was great

  2. we thought it was better than average - a nice addition to the neighborhood - we'll go again.

  3. Tio Luca`s kitchen and Wine Bar is one of the best addition to Harlem..about time!

  4. We tried Tio Luca last week. The food was generally good (molten chocolate cake was amazing!) and we would like to try more of the menu next time. Ambience is nice and low key and as echoed above, it's a welcomed addition to the neighbourhood.