I'm from NYC and I'm in love with Cafe Aion! It's an understated, very cozy tapas restaurant bursting with mouth watering flavors.
I don't know how they make the flat bread, but it's perfectly crispy and smokey on the outside and succulently soft on the inside; perfect for dipping and lapping up the broths in the seafood stew.
Let's talk about the broths...they blew me away. The broth in the mussels dish was smack your lips savory, with intense flavors of saffron, lemon, and chilies. Even more delightful was the broth in the seafood stew, where the house-smoked chorizo with the shellfish broth gave a rich depth of flavor. I think I drank every last drop.
On the meats side, I only had the braised pork shoulder... the meat literally fell off the bone and was soft enough to cut with a fork. It melted in your mouth.
You can't leave without having one of the paella's! The rice is SOO delicious! Perfectly caramelized... soft and juicy on top and charred and crusty on the bottom.
I love that they source a much of the ingredients as possible locally and organically. The bar is hand-made by the owner and there's cloth hand towels in the bathroom to save paper.
Just simply a gem of a place!
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