One could argue, if one was argumentative, that what Josephina Howard did for New Yorkers’ understanding of Mexican cuisine in last century, at Rosa Mexicano, the chef Enrique Olvera has done for locals in the current millennium, at Cosme. In short, he’s blown our collective minds. Or at least the mind of the Times critic Pete Wells, who, in his 2015, three-star review, was so taken by the place that he wrote, “Whenever a stack of fresh tortillas arrived, I would pull one from its folded napkin, hold it up to my face and inhale. It was a motion I hadn’t made since grade school, when I would bring the purple-smudged handouts still warm from the Ditto copier up to my nose to breathe in their sweet, forbidden, chemical smell, like rubbing alcohol mixed with danger. The aroma of these tortillas was completely wholesome — like flowers, bread straight from the oven, and a baby’s cheek at the same time — but I still wanted to fall headfirst into it the way I did with Ditto solvent.” Wow. (35 E. 21st St. 212-913-9659.)
Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:
5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95
Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.