Ofrenda

Cozy West Village “gift” of refined Mexican cuisine

By Maryse Chevriere

At this warm West Village haunt, owner Jorge Guzman and chef Mario Hernandez make good on the promise of a “gift” inherent in the restaurant’s name. Here, the classic flavors of Mexican cuisine are focused through a lens of refined elegance without losing any of the fiery spice and rustic comfort. Plates come out of the kitchen with a punch of personality, like the smoky guacamole rojo, garnished with a puff-crackly chicharon, or the juicy, make-you-wish-it-was-still-summer baja style fish tacos. There’s much to be desired, too, in the way of seasonally inspired offerings—the ceviche de Otoño, for example, pairs fresh, lime-cured tuna with the earthy sweetness of diced beets. And be sure to look out for an upcoming addition to the vegetal-inspired cocktail menu mixing tequila with agave-roasted sweet potato juice.

the crowd

An eclectic mix of chattering girlfriends, intimate couples, and local regulars casually regaling over a cocktail and bite at the bar.

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on the stereo
A well-curated playlist of sultry, jazzy, make-you-want-to-shake-your-hips kind of music.

eye for design
A glistening library of tequila bottles and a collection of sugar skull–dominated knickknacks adorning the wall’s floating shelves gives character to this cozy, dimly lit den.

decibels
Medium

hours

Mon–Wed 4 PM–11 PM; Thu–Fri 4 PM–midnight; Sat 11 AM–midnight; Sun 11 AM–11 PM

price range

$8 (sopa del dia) $24 (carne asada)
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