Effervescent Stacey Sosa, half of the entrepreneurial husband and wife team responsible for the creation of “Sosa Borella”, now emerges as the solo owner of “Estancia 460″. “Estancia 460″ is Sosa Borella’s new moniker, but though the lovely Tribeca eatery’s name has changed, local residents and patrons will recognize many of their favorite items on the menu, with the exciting addition of inspired and tasty new items dreamed up by Stacey and her chef Anna Cox Yongue.
When the New York Times reviewed the original Sosa Borella in 1997, the author recognized the special touch Stacey’s personality lends to the establishment, entitling the review “The I Love Stacey Show”. In her solo venture, Stacey continues to hold court warmly and conversationally at Estancia. Ms. Sosa is a fresh interpretation of restaurateur, a new young downtown “Elaine”, who creates an intimate and unpretentious atmosphere appreciated by her Tribeca neighbors and the Hollywood/media crowd who frequently shoot film, TV and other projects in the area, or own one of Tribeca’s newly minted loft spaces.
The cuisine is Argentine inspired, with Italy and Spain lending additional culinary influences. The menu offers meat and fish dishes grilled to perfection and complimented by the house chimichurri, paella, pastas, regional cheese plates and a selection of appetizers to tease the palate, such as terracotta shrimp and the antipasti salad mixed with figs, prosciutto and Manchego over arugula salad.
Estancia 460 has a select but carefully chosen wine list of Malbec, Priorat, Carmenere,, Albarino and Torrontes, a great mixture of Latin wines. Almost all of these are available by both the bottle and by the glass. Patrons of Estancia should always leave room at the end of their meal for the delicious crepes con dulce de leche, or the chocolate bread pudding, served in a whiskey sauce (topped with dulce de leche, of course!).
The interior of the restaurant suggests an “estancia” (meaning “home” in Argentinian) far removed from the hustle and bustle of New York City. During the day, Estancia 460 serves lunch on charming wooden tables in the sunlight main room. Though no reservations are accepted during the lunch seating, room is available almost always to dine at the bar if there aren’t any tables free. Some people think those are the best seats in the house; especially when you’re sitting next to Ewan McGregor as he satisfies his “grilled calamari salad” fix. At night, the space is transformed by white linen tablecloths and votive candles flickering throughout the dining area, reflected in the striking antique mirror behind the antique marble topped bar; making it the perfect spot for a quiet romantic dinner. Brunch on the weekends is highly children and family friendly, and is also available for baby showers and parties. When the weather gets warmer, Estancia 460 also has outdoor seating, a great place to wind down and sip chilled Proseco and people watch.
Estancia 460 hosts private events, such as wrap parties, weddings, surprise birthdays, art openings and can also be rented for film and television shoots by advance reservation. Stacey Sosa is often in residence at “Estancia” and will be sure to greet you with a warm smile when you visit, making sure you feel at “home” at Estancia.
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