Half a decade into its tenure as a downtown darling, Estela still feels as hip and relevant as ever. What’s the secret to its continued "It Place" appeal? It's a playful little spot that's also ideal to meet friends for a night of bites and bevvies. And no matter how packed this narrow room gets, Chef Ignacio Mattos' cooking is remarkable, inventive and unwavering. Make your way inside the cozy alcove to peruse a menu that spins to the season, but if you spot the fried arroz negro, don't skip it. Ever. Dinner may kick off with succulent marinated mussels, followed by ricotta- and Pecorino Sardo-dumplings. Your meal will hit a crescendo with the seemingly simple but utterly delicious grilled pork collar-caramelized to perfection and topped with daikon.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors