7/23/2013 05:00:00 PM

Hecho en Dumbo's Danny Mena Will Open Sembrado on Thursday

Danny Mena (photo: Eardog Productions)
Complaints about New York's Mexican-food scene have become a familiar litany, but when Hecho en Dumbo chef-partner Danny Mena saw a dearth of his favorite dish, he decided to create a restaurant around it. His 42-seat Sembrado will open in the East Village this week, specializing in the al carbon-style tacos Mena misses from his native country. The al pastor tacos are particularly traditional, prepared in a sort of "Mexican shwarma" style, as Mena dubs it: that is, cooked vertically on a rotisserie known as a trompo—a piece of equipment that will be front and center in the open kitchen. The rest of the menu focuses on grilled sustainable proteins served in hand-pressed tortillas, priced from $3.50 to $7 a pop. To finish: a dessert menu from Mexican pastry chef Fany Gerson, of La Newyorkina.

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