Living in New York makes us conditioned to expect a vast amount of food options in every specialty you can think of. From entire eateries devoted to pigs and a blanket, to restaurants that only serve mac-n-cheese; we’ve got it all. Or so I thought, until the co-owners of the newest kid on the Union Square block reached out to Bitches Who Brunch for a tasting at Cevich.
My interest was immediately sparked by this take-out eatery focused almost entirely on ceviche, offering different variations of fresh seafood, white fish, shrimp, or salmon served “solo” for $12 or in a bowl over a choice of coconut rice, quinoa, or mixed greens for $15. After some menu stalking, I was excited to sample the seven different signature styles featuring summer ingredients like avocado, fruits, coconut, and cilantro.
Standouts included the “Lime N Da Coconut” with Carribbean coconut ginger sauce, mango, and carrots and the “Summer Daze” with refreshing guava mint grapefruit sauce, watermelon, cucumber, and red onion. We felt like we were whisked away to somewhere tropical; the casual, fun atmosphere featuring a hammock in the corner only enhanced this feeling.
We took breaks from the ceviche to taste the other options on the menu, which included an awesome (and cheap!) guacamole with goat cheese, and a popcorn starter. It was impossible to pick a favorite among the dishes we tried. The only non-stand out to me was the tacos..I’m a taco snob, and there are already too many restaurants devoted to perfecting tacos in the city. Stick to the ceviche and that heavenly guac.
Each dish was well executed and bursting with flavor, thanks to Cevich’s female power team, chef Evelyn Alberto and the two co-owners, Reina Laws and Lindsay Goldstein, who bring their vision from their hometown of Miami Beach. After a complete tasting of almost everything on the menu, Ally and I both agreed that it’d be difficult to return and only eat one one kind of ceviche. Luckily, one of the owners was inspired by the smaller plates created for our visit and we expect to see some sort of sampler option on the menu soon!
Overall, we were very impressed. It’s unfortunate that Cevich’s grand opening is masked by some serious scaffolding, but once you do find it, it’s a diamond in the rough of construction. Because Cevich a grab-and-go establishment, this won’t affect your views. Union Square is less than a block away, offering you both park seating and easy transportation options to get home.
If you aren’t familiar with ceviche as a food, this is an affordable and accessible place to give it a go. I can assure you that I’ll be back for this healthy and refreshing fare, and I’m excited to share the newest food addition to my neighborhood with all of our readers.
21 East 15th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 242 4966
Cevich is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.