On November 10th, 2014, I went into the City to have dinner with a friend. My friend introduced me to Salvation Taco which is located inside the POD 39 Hotel and is run by the Michelin starred chef April Bloomfield and her partner Ken Friedman. This is an interesting restaurant and my experience that night was extremely memorable. Salvation Taco features a menu with international influences where the worlds collide in the form of tacos! Can you say #KimchiAndTaco?
We walked in without a reservation and were immediately seated at a high table. What a nice surprise for a busy restaurant on a Monday night. The atmosphere was vibrant and easy-going. The guacamole and chips came soon after we ordered drinks. The guacamole was fresh; it tasted like the inside of an avocado mushed-up. 🙂 You can see the mush in the photo, can’t you?
We ordered Korean BBQ with pickled daikon, marinated kimchi & furikake. This really knocked the ball out of the park. This is the Korean BBQ in a cast iron pan. The meat is done exactly how it should be done. It was perfect.
These are the side dishes to go with the BBQ. First vertical column on right from bottom to the top are kimchi, daikon, and scallions. Second column are seaweed/furikake and Korean spicy sauce. All are great additions to making the Taco.
In full disclosure, I had never liked Mexican food and Salvation Taco converted a non-believer that night. This is my very first post on the Mexican cuisine. Because of how everything was so well put together and how easily Korean BBQ and Asian ingredients worked into the Mexican tacos, it was impossible to not love it. This is where the worlds collided for me and felt like a perfect dance at the end of the night. I think this is the beginning of something very nice.
This experience took place at
145 E 39th Street
between 3rd Avenue and Lexington,
inside the POD 39 Hotel.
New York, NY