Eder Montero

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    The Best French Fries We've Had All Year: Dishes We're Digging This Week

    In our dining escapades over the last week, we've consumed the best French fries we've had all year, slurped down one hell of a hot pot, and indulged in an impressive dessert. Here are the dishes we've been digging around town this week.

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    March 11, 2014

    The 10 Best Frozen Drinks in NYC

    Break out the acid wash denim jorts -- it's downright summery outside. And no better way to celebrate a warm day (or pretend that it's swimsuit season) than with a frozen drink. Here are our 10 favorites around town.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    El Comedor's Sea Anemone in Soft Scrambled Eggs, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 6: Sea anemone in soft scrambled eggs from El Comedor at El Quinto Pino (401 West 24th Street, 212-206-6900) Uncommon seafood and a breakfast comfort staple make surprisingly tasty bedfellows.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    James Beard Foundation Announces 2013 Chef and Restaurant Award Semifinalists

    Hollywood has the Oscars. The food world has the James Beard Awards. The annual ceremony that recognizes both outstanding and upcoming talent in the restaurant industry has just announced its 2013 crop of semifinalists. The current (incredibly long) list will be narrowed down to finalists on Monday ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2012

    La Vara: Thanks, Spanish Inquisition

    Try a delicious history lesson in Cobble Hill

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    La Vara: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

    This week's review is of La Vara, the new Spanish restaurant in Cobble Hill from chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero, a husband-and-wife duo who take turns in the kitchen creating delicious, exciting food that's unlike most Spanish restaurants in the city. The restaurant plays with flavors establishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    With Txikifest, Alex Raij and Eder Montero Will Turn Txikito's Back Alley Into a Street Fair

    Laura Salierno/Txikito​A couple of weeks ago, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez told us that she'd be resurrecting Lassi at Txikifest, a street fair organized by Txikito's Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Now, Raij has sent us some more details about the event, which will take place on Sunday, May 1.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez Is Bringing Lassi Back, Sort of

    ​Lassi lovers -- and there are many of them -- still rue the day almost two years ago when Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez closed up her tiny Indian restaurant (named after the popular Punjabi yogurt-based beverage) on Greenwich Avenue. So we're happy to report that Lassi will be resurrected at thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Alex Raij of Txikito and El Quinto Pino Talks Tapas, Cookbooks, and the Possibility of Further Expansion

    Make Alex Raij's tapas from The Book of Tapas.​Alexandra Raij opened a tiny tapas bar called Tia Pol back in 2004 with partners Mani Dawes and Heather Belz. In 2007, the team, joined by Raij's husband, Eder Montero, debuted the even smaller El Quinto Pino. Raij and Montero eventually split to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    A First Look at Txikito's Newly Expanded Interior

    Txikito's brand new digs.​ Alex Raij and Eder Montero's tiny, lively Txikito just got a little bigger: last night, the chefs lifted the curtains on their restaurant's newly expanded interior.

  • Dining

    March 30, 2010

    El Quinto Pino: Sand Eels for Your Tongue

    A great Chelsea tapas spot gets even better

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Steve Plotnicki Expounds Upon Food Blogger Antipathy

    Wineloverspage.comSteve Plotnicki, opinionated about drinking.​Opinionated About Dining's Steven Plotnicki was "quite happy" to appear on last week's "Obsessed" episode of No Reservations. But not happy enough to refrain from taking to his blog to rant about it. In the episode, which showcase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    El Quinto Pino Reopens Tomorrow Night

    Noah Kalina/EaterEl Quinto Pino returns this Wednesday.​A few days into the new year, Alex Raij announced that she would be the owner, with her husband, Eder Montero, of El Quinto Pino, the pintxos bar she opened with Mani Dawes and Heather Belz before splitting to open Txikito.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Musical Tapas: Alex Raij Back at El Quinto Pino

    Alex Raij, with Mario Batali lurking over her shoulder.​For those having difficulty keeping track of exactly which of Chelsea's pintxos restaurants Alex Raij is affiliated with, here's another addition to the flow chart: Raij, who originally opened Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino with Mani Dawes an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Bar Carrera Gets Its Basque On

    Per the Strong Buzz, Ryan Bartlow, a former sous chef at Sam Mason's Tailor, has taken over the kitchen at Bar Carrera. He'll be giving the restaurant's small plates menu something of a make-over, incorporating more "ambitious" Spanish fare that reflects his training in San Sebastian. Bartlow's dish ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2008

    Alexandra Raij's Tapas Spot Txikito

    Trouble sharing? Basque in glory on Ninth Avenue.