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Monday, May 6, 2013

First Look: Del Campo

Neighborhood: Chinatown

The Setup

Newly opened in PS7's old space, Del Campo takes the space, literally breaks down walls, and welcomes you into a South American smoky, sexy place where everything is smoked, even the cocktails. The Pisco Sour even comes branded...

The Vibe

With warm browns and taupes, beautiful wood floors and paneled wood ceilings, Del Campo took the shell of PS7's and knocked down all the walls to create a spacious, bright open floor plan, just like the cow country loft I've always dreamed of. With luxe touches of texture (and a bit of whimsy, let's be honest) in cow hides on the walls and leather saddles tucked in corners, and sparkling chandeliers, I cannot think of a better place to eat everything that's smoky and meaty. It's glamorous, cozy, clean and rugged, all at the same time.

The Food

Surrounded by cured meats, cheeses I couldn't recognize, sizzling platters of grilled short rib cooked just right, not-too-spicy housemade chorizo, and anticucho, some of my favorite bites were, surprisingly, ceviche. Boasting an impressive list, each mixing different fish and textures like corn, sweet potatoes, avocado, and nuts, what I remember most is the charred rapini from the salmon ceviche set. Inexplicably crunchy and smoky, it was in perfect harmony with the softer accompaniments, and illustrative of what Del Campo can do with a grill.

The Verdict

Indulge in South American wine, surprising cocktails, and steamy meats while feeling like you're home on the range. A very clean, chic range.

Food Rating: ***
(out of 5)
Date Rating: 2 Hearts (out of 5)
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Cost: $$$
: The National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum are just a few blocks away, and open after 5. Check out their programming for docent-led tours, or just wander around, and snap a picture outside by the Vaquero statue before you rustle up some grub at Del Campo.

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