Comodo restaurant opens in Freehand Hotel in NYC's Flatiron District

Comodo, the Latin American-inspired restaurant from husband-wife team Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe, opens in NYC's Flatiron District. Housed on the first floor of Freehand New York, Comodo offers a menu that pulls from chef Donnelly’s childhood home kitchens throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Brazil and beyond. The beverage menu highlights a selection of natural wines, curated by Rofe and sommelier Raquel Makler, and signature cocktails that nod to the lively social experiences waiting to be discovered at the hotel. The duo, also behind acclaimed Colonia Verde in Fort Greene, NY and Disco Tacos in Williamsburg, is excited to celebrate the return of their first restaurant Comodo with new vibrancy and location in the heart of New York City, complete with a private dining room and heated outdoor seating.


THE TEAM

Husband-wife duo Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe are the dynamic team behind some of New York’s most charming neighborhood restaurants that bring communities together through food. Felipe, a Colombian chef who spent his childhood in Spain, Brazil and Mexico, and Tamy, a sommelier, first opened Comodo in the West Village in 2012 and closed five years later.


In 2014, they opened Colonia Verde, the James Beard award-nominated Latin American restaurant in Fort Greene, and this past summer opened Disco Tacos, the Williamsburg restaurant with tacos, natural wine and disco vibes. Each of their restaurants are known for hosting lively neighborhood gatherings, like Colonia Verde’s Sunday Asado backyard series with guest chefs, and Disco Tacos’s Spin Days with guest DJ’s and winemakers. The team also operates Comparti, a full-service catering company, and Casa by Colonia Verde, a pantry and marketplace of curated prepared foods, fresh produce, home goods, wine and more.

FOOD MENU

Chef Donnelly’s menu fuses flavors inspired by his Latin American upbringing with his favorite dishes created over the last decade.


The dinner menu starts with dishes like:

  • Lamb Sliders on a pao de queijo bun with chipotle cream.

  • Steelhead Trout Ceviche with Leche De Tigre.

  • Wild Mushroom Al Ajillo Tacos with housemade tortillas, smoked mushrooms, habanero and preserved lemon.

  • Beef Tartare with guajillo adobo, anchovy, fresh mustard green, and tobiko served with chicharrones.

  • Little Gem Salad with honey vinaigrette and fresh herbs.

Main entrees include dishes like:

  • Golden Tilefish with mushroom mezcal mole, fresh pasta and cilantro flowers.

  • Pan Fried Duck Breast with tamarind and wheat berries.

  • Bone-in Grilled Ribeye with chimichurri.

  • Rocoto Beef Curry with tomatoes, peppers, red onions, roasted potatoes and rice.

Shareable sides and desserts include:

  • Whole Cauliflower, charred and served with guajillo mole.

  • Corn Esquite with bone marrow and chili flakes.

  • Churros, served with a Mexican dipping chocolate.

  • Chocolate Tamal with Smoked Guajillo Ice Cream.

  • Gooseberry Fruit Tart; among others.

Comodo also offers a weekday breakfast menu with offerings such as fresh pastries from local partners like La Newyorkina.


These delights can be served alongside dishes, such as:

  • Breakfast Tacos with scrambled eggs, beans, avocado and cheese.

  • Mexican Cacao Overnight Oats with homemade fruit preserves.

  • Comodo Benedict with two poached eggs on an arepa with pork belly and huancaina sauce, served with roasted potatoes.

  • Buttermilk Pancakes served with maple syrup and butter; and Pea Toast with green pea mash, goat cheese and fresh sourdough.

WINE & COCKTAILS

Comodo offers a menu of natural wines curated by sommeliers Tamy Rofe and Raquel Makler. Staying true to the restaurant’s original ethos of making natural wines as accessible as possible, Rofe and Makler offer an expansive list of wines by the glass and a rotating wine on tap, starting with Jeux de Vins Sylvaner.


Additionally, there is a menu of signature cocktails paying homage to the lively social moments experienced throughout the hotel. Cocktails include Party Upstairs, Comodo’s version of an espresso martini with vodka, Gusto di Amalfi Fennel liqueur, chilled espresso and lemon; Tomatini, a riff on the classic martini with gin, La Quintinye Blanc vermouth and tomato water; Palomita Clarita, with tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, lime and club soda; and Martina #2 with mezcal, Bresca Dorada Arangiu orange liqueur, simple syrup, castelvetrano olive brine and lime juice, among others.


DESIGN

Comodo’s dining room has expansive windows that create a bright and airy gathering space with elements of neutral wood, rustic stone, and deep oranges and blues throughout. Centered by a U-shaped wooden bar lit by warm stone table lamps, the 70-seat dining room nods to the original Comodo with the ceiling’s unique design of alternating wood and cream paneling, along with sizable arched mirrors juxtaposing the wood paneled walls. Adjacent to the main dining room, a 12-seat private dining room looks into the open kitchen and offers a cozy space for intimate gatherings. There is also year-round heated outdoor seating, nestled under a wooden pergola with hanging rattan lanterns and lush greenery throughout the space.


To learn more about Comodo, visit www.Comodonyc.com.

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