Mamajuana Cafe, which sits in Inwood - so there is some experience working in the "higher reaches" of NYC. The menu at this new haunt will feature a juxtaposition of French, Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, which the restaurant is selling as Franco-Iberian. There will also be a large selection of house-cured meats, which is certainly a trend in new restaurants opening these days.
Diners will be able to snag some sun while they enjoy the fare - there is a garden room with a large skylight that will let some rays in. The sun will help a bamboo centerpiece and live wall of herb plants grow (also a trend - witness Atera). In the mix will, of course, be some of the restaurant's namesake herb. There's also a 22-foot bar where guests will be able to drink it up - look for cocktails like the Mexican Firing Squad, a mix of mezcal, bitters and pomegranate molasses. Stay tuned for the opening at 3524 Johnson Ave.