I’ve wanted to go to De Maria since it opened in Early 2017. With chef Camille Becerra behind the venture, it came as no surprise that the restaurant was receiving rave reviews. Flavorful dishes in beautiful ceramic bowls; one look at the menu had me totally sold! Complete “bowl goals!”…
I finally had the opportunity to go to the café this week when I was back in NYC, and the experience lived up to my expectations. My friends and I started with the gluten-free and vegan banana bread. The bread was thick and flavorful, but not the kind of flavorful that screams “I added so much sugar!” Rather it was simple and fresh, and the sweet taste was from the bananas. I was totally sold on the Tiger Bowl before I went to the restaurant- coconut grains, house-cured salmon, avocado, hijiki, black sesame, leche de tigre- this bowl just screams my name! But when the girl seated at the table next to me was served the Dragon Bowl with the dreamiest roasted acorn squash and carrots, I had to change my order. I also asked for no beans and extra greens, and I also added seaweed. And no bowl is complete without a side order of avocado to top the bowl with. Both of these bowls are served on coconut grains, which is rice cooked in coconut milk! Super interesting and delicious! For the bacon lovers, the bacon is thick cut and dusted with brown sugar and a TOTAL gluten-free DREAM. Other gluten-free menu items I have my eye on for next time are the Chia Pudding and House-Made Tahini Yogurt.
I loved De Maria so much, and I only had the chance to experience brunch! The restaurant also serves dinner, and with options such as Salmon Avocado Ceviche, Spicy Baby Octopus, and Chicories + Seaweed, I’m certain I will be back in no time.