The Iguana Restaurant in New York City is Mexican done right… times infinity. I come from a family of differing tastes, and after our meal at Iguana we each left with words of praise.
The food was fresh, innovative, and extremely flavorful. The service matched the high standard of food; they were attentive and went out of their way to ensure that we had a pleasurable dining experience. A waiter noticed my father contemplating a dish on the menu and came over to explain it’s composition, and offered him the option to change the dish to accommodate his spice preference. This is something I consider to be extreme customer service. In a busy, popular restaurant this can be hard to come by, but Iguana demonstrated a high commitment to their patrons.
To start, we ordered frozen margaritas and house made guacamole. Our drink selection was rather difficult, because Iguana has an impressive 25 different flavors of mojitos and margaritas on their menu. We ended up ordering a pitcher of pomegranate margaritas, which were mind-blowing. I would never consider this flavor to make an exceptional margarita, but between the tequila, ice, juice and salt rimmed glass came an explosion of refreshing flavor.
The guacamole was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. I am a guacamole and avocado aficionado, so this was a big deal to me. The guacamole is made table side to your heat preference, combining fresh avocado, white onion, cilantro, tomato, jalapeño, salt and lime with a mortar and pestle. The mix is served with a side of salsa and red, white and blue chips. The picture I have posted doesn’t do this treat justice, and it was devoured in less than five minutes.
For our main course, my mother and I ordered the Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Quesadilla, my father ordered Chicken Tacos and my brother ordered the Chicken Burrito.
We were so infatuated with our meals, that silence fell as we enjoyed these creations. I had to take a picture of my dad’s chicken tacos, as well as my own dish, because the presentation was outstandingly appealing.
The Roasted Vegtable and Goat Cheese Quesadilla, was unique to any other I have ever tried. I couldn’t comprehend the divine flavors I was experiencing, they were melded to perfection. In fact, the term ‘quesidilla’ doesn’t do this dish justice. It was a single crispy tortilla, topped with sophisticated ingredients, bringing them out in all of their glory. The sweet corn and zucchini were paired with creamy avocado and goat cheese, and delicately flavored with salsa and jack cheese. I couldn’t stop raving about this dish, and even engaged in a heart-felt conversation with our waiter about my admiration for their thoughtfulness and dedication to providing excellent food. Honestly I am floored. My family came to the consensus mid-meal that we would be back the next night, and so we did.
Upon arrival, the staff remembered us from the previous night and immediately established the guacamole cart at out table. They jokingly asked if I brought my camera again, which of course I did. I usually am apprehensive about using my flash to take pictures of food in restaurants, but with their approval I did. After our guacamole was prepared to perfection, we decided to order a pitcher of Raspberry Margaritas. These were delicious, but my family agreed that we like the surprising flavor of the pomegranate margaritas a bit better.
For the main course my mom and I ordered the Ahi Tuna with Grilled Asparagus, Apricot and Jalapeno Chutney and Sweet Potato Fries, my father ordered the Rock Shrimp Tacos, and my brother ordered the Beef Tacos. Again, these meals did not disappoint.
The Ahi tuna was perfectly seared, and the apricot chutney brought all of the “sweet and heat” flavors together.
We decided that dessert was a must this time, and split the Sopapillas and a Tres Leche Cake:
The light caramel and vanilla flavors were a perfect end to our full flavored meals. Iguana is a must try when in NYC, and I want to thank the staff for such a wonderful dining experience!!
Cheers to Iguana,
Have you ever had a restaurant experience that left you speechless? If so where?