Though dinner at Gloria doesn’t come with a side of personal space (read: you’ll likely be elbow-to-elbow with your neighbors as you dine), the tiny spot slays its Ninth Avenue competition with a trendy ambience, buzzing bar and terrific food crafted by Chef Diego Garcia. The concise, seafood-centric menu, which offers just a handful of savory items and two desserts, reflects the chef's impressive background. Expertly charred octopus or red snapper served in a red wine béarnaise-inspired sauce both hint at Garcia's time at Le Bernardin, while a tres leches cake filled with thick cream is a nod to his Mexican heritage. No matter what you order, be sure to arrive with a fully charged phone, as these dishes practically beg to be shared on Instagram.
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