Continuing with my friend Q’s birthday celebration, we had dinner at Cosme. After a long afternoon spent wandering around the Met, we were both hungry by the time we arrived for our dinner reservation.
The menu is Mexican but with a twist. There are three sections to the very short menu consisting mainly of small plates and a few entrées. Because we were going to order the duck entree, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, our waitress advised us to order just two of the smaller plates to share.
Every table received a basket of warm corn tortillas served with a pumpkin salsa. This starter came shortly after the drinks: a Paloma cocktail for me (a tequila and grapefruit soda mix) and a cashew milk agua fresca for Q. After we finished the tortillas, the pumpkin salsa remained on the table and it went well with the other plates that we ordered.
First up was a mussel tostada, served with lettuce, pig’s feet, and Mexican cucumber. It was very light and tasty, reminding me a bit of the cold plate of pigs’ feet or jellyfish that one sees at Chinese banquets. Then came the roasted eggplant and cauliflower, served with sesame seed salsa and preserved lemon. This was served with some (blue corn I think) tortillas. For a vegetarian this, it was pretty meaty but in a very good way. We both liked this dish a lot.
The duck carnitas came out at the same time as the eggplant. It was a very large dish though it didn’t look it at first. The duck was so tender, falling off the bone very easily as if it was pulled pork. There were more tortillas involved as well as salsa verde, salsa roja and wedges of lime. It was all very delicious but we couldn’t eat it all. After a while, we didn’t even use the tortillas to make tacos and just concentrated on eating the meat. I think we ended up devouring about 2/3 of it and Q took the rest of it home.
And let’s not forget about dessert. I had read of and Q wanted to order the corn mousse with husk meringue. It was wonderfully light and airy and moist. Q thought the corn flavor was a bit light but to me it tasted of vanilla. And we also ordered the honey yogurt panna cotta with mixed berries jello, which arrived looking a bit like a wobbly waffle. This was a nice contrast to the mousse with its slightly tangy flavor and jelly consistency. Both desserts were excellent and made for a terrific ending to the meal and the day.