A Casa Fox is a new Latin restaurant in the Lower East Side. It was recommended to me by a couple of friends who had recently dined there and literally swooned as they told me about the food. Fresh empanadas, clay pot dinners, cheap prices, and BYOB status. I loved the sound of it.
The spot is tiny and last night, filled with a pretty hip crowd. The feel is latin momma’s rustic kitchen: tiled floors, bookshelves, a working fireplace, and big dining room tables (great for groups) overlook the open kitchen. The effect is cozy, if really loud (I had to lean over our tiny table to hear my partner talk). We had two empanadas: one with chorizo and manchego cheese, the other with pulled pork and caramelized onions. They were baked not fried, which meant less grease (although a little grease never bothered me). We also shared a small salad and grilled shrimp. The standout was the pork ribs, cooked slowly in spices until they literally fell off the bone, and served with rice and beans in a clay pot. It was delicious and so filling. We finished with chocolate empanadas, dipping them in a little ramekin of dulce de leche.
We bought an excellent $11 bottle of Cotes-du-Rhone around the corner at September Wines. Altogether, A Casa Fox was a delicious, authentically Latin meal for under $85 (wine, tax and tip included). I loved the intimate, laid-back atmosphere and my date agreed- this place is a keeper.
A Casa Fox, 173 Orchard bet Stanton and Houston Sts. 212-253-1900
September Wines, 100 Stanton St. 212-388-0770
Read more about A Casa Fox here.