Bistro Latino Bar & Tapas: Acclaimed chef brings Latino fare to town

WineNoted local chef Rafael Palomino says he is thrilled to be home.

“Home” is where he began 15 years ago when he first introduced his brand of Latin style cuisine in the form of Sonora, a sophisticated midtown Manhattan Spanish restaurant which was immediately proclaimed by New York Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Eat in New York” in 1999.

At the beginning of the month, Mr. Palomino extended his roster of restaurants by introducing Greenwich to his second Bistro Latino Bar and Tapas, located in the former Greenwich Tavern restaurant.

Using his Latin roots, he transformed the space into a convivial respite, offering authentic Spanish cuisine bathed in his picante style, resulting in a truly original cuisine utilizing only the best ingredients.

Bistro Latino Greenwich is a contemporary restaurant, bar and event space located over the Stamford border.

Inviting large tables with comfortable leather padded chairs fill the dining areas and high top communal tables are the focal point of the bar area, while colorful modern art canvasses dress up the walls.

Antique accent pieces include rustic window shutters, wine barrels and wrought iron light fixtures and lanterns and the dome shaped skylight fills the main dining room with a warm glow.

Tapas, small savory dishes, are the stars of the menu. Imported Spanish “charcuteria and quesos” — meat and cheese — are a wonderful accompaniment with wine or cocktails, as are a revolving selection of flatbreads and hot and cold tapas.

Top shelf spirits, caipirinhas, mojitos, margaritas and Spanish wines share the stage with Bistro Latino’s popular sangria variations — up to five fruity, “high spirited” concoctions are offered daily.

Bistro Latino is located at 1392 East Putnam Avenue and is open seven days a week.

For more information, call 203-698-9033 or visit

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