Thursday, May 5, 2016
EAT: FIRST LOOK AT OSO ON AMSTERDAM AVENUE
As far as the food goes, there is a lot of authentic Mexican spots to be found uptown but the better end stuff has only started to open up recently. Oso is probably the only place that hand makes their own tortilla so the difference is noticeable right away. Each taco at $4 an order is on the smaller side but the quality and presentation of the ingredients are quite apparent. We ordered the Al Pastor (above photo), Carnitas and the Gambas offerings which did not disappoint. A side of guacamole was a bit meager for the $9 asking price but the house-made chips are the best that one will find in the city. Next time we probably would just try two more tacos for $8 instead of getting the guac.
The drinks at Oso are as good as expected at $12 a glass for those who are into the crafted cocktail trend. Our pink mezcal Coup De Khan with aperol, dolin genepy with lime and pineapple hit the spot but a little garnish for visual impact would probably help out with the overall appeal. Oso was packed by 7:00PM last night and there are still some service issues to be worked out but Matthew was on site overlooking everything like a new parent as well as greeting guests personally. Hamilton Heights is really transforming rapidly on the higher end stuff and Oso is definitely one of the better entries for 2016.