After Blood Manor, I headed to the East Village to celebrate Matt’s 26th birthday. When it comes to your best friend, missing a birthday is simply unacceptable; so although I would be late due to the previously mentioned haunted house and bar activities, I knew this was something I couldn’t skip out on. I was right but not just because it was important to be there for the b-day celebration. It was necessary I go to dinner so I wouldn’t miss a great restaurant and the opportunity to tell y’all about it.
Hecho en Dumbo is sort of a misnomer because the restaurant is no longer in Dumbo and now resides at 4th and Bowery. I had heard nothing but good things, so I commended Matt on his choice. The menu is not overwhelmingly large, yet it was still difficult to make a decision because everything looked so good. Thankfully I had consulted the menu online while at work, so my mind was already working on a decision. We ordered a few apps for the table. All were good. Please don’t make me choose a favorite:
- Picaditas de Jaiba: corn cakes topped with crab, avocado, and jalapeno oil
- Tostadas de Ceviche: Halibut ceviche on crispy corn tortilas
- Queso Fundido de Huitlacoche: served with tortillas
For my entree I went with Mole Coloradito de Pato (duck in mole sauce). The duck was cooked to a perfect medium rare with a nice crust and I was happy to find tortillas on the side for mopping up the extra sauce. I also really enjoyed the risotto I found under the duck. It was filled with duck confit and squash and reminded me that we are officially on the Fall season.
After experiencing it for myself, I am happy Hecho en Dumbo decided to migrate to the better borough. Now that it’s easy to get to, I need to make another trip to try the lunch menu that Matt claims is different but equally awesome.