Hosted by Cocina Consuelo

Verified host
5/5(16)
My name is Karina Garcia I am a native of the Dominican Republic, moved to Harlem in the early 2000s. I've always been surrounded by food and grew up in the kitchen. When I moved to the USA, I started my career in the kitchen when more often than not, I was the youngest and the only female staff in the kitchen. I worked all the positions from dishwasher to captain at various restaurants in New York City ranging from restaurants like Ristorante Morini( where I meet my husband and business partner) in the Upper East Side, to Eleven Madison Park in Chelsea. My fascination for Mexican food led me to take many trips to Mexican on a by month basis and currently, my new business venture where I am cooking from home. My husband, Eduardo, also known as Lalo, is a musician and an avid food lover who's love for Mexican food goes beyond his heritage. He was born and raised in different states and cities from Mexico, where the food varies from state to state. His family is heavily involved in the beverage industry in Huejotzingo, Puebla. He has worked not only at a 2 star New York Times restaurant but also at Cosme, which is currently the best restaurant in the USA in the St. Pellegrino's list. Since we got together over two years ago, it has been our goal to open up a small intimate restaurant to serve real authentic Mexican food. During this tragic pandemic, we made a choice to share with the public the many family recipes that we replicate here at home. Recipes are ranging from well-known dishes like "Carne Asada" to the more regional ones like "Birria." When brainstorming for the name of our ventured, we consulted with my mother. She told me that my grandfather's name was Consuelo, which translates to "Solace." Solace happens to be Lalo's late grandmother's name and a name we had considered. After the conversation with my mother, we knew then it was all meant to be. The concept of our venture is to focus on highlighting the many varieties of tacos in Mexicos while engaging with our guests in a very private and intimate setting that will make anyone feel cozy and at home.
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

What to expect at Cocina Consuelo's place

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Keno 1 review
May 2022
5/5
atmosphere: 5
food: 5
value for money: 5
cleanliness: 5
This was not only my first Eatwith experience but my first social dinning experience with strangers and I was not disappointed. Every dish that came out trumped the one before and Karina and Lalo are splendid people. I would highly recommend to everyone!
About the experience Mexican Tasting Menu in Sugar Hill, Harlem by Cocina Consuelo

Luciana 🇺🇸2 reviews
May 2022
5/5
atmosphere: 5
food: 5
value for money: 5
cleanliness: 5
Karina & Lalo's experience might actually be the best Eatwith experience I have been to. Despite me being a bit late, they welcomed me with a spicy margarita that was better than some restaurants I've been to. The atmosphere was fun and the food was definitely out of this world. They change the menu and offer things that are not on the menu - so be prepared to be surprised!
About the experience Mexican Tasting Menu in Sugar Hill, Harlem by Cocina Consuelo

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Judy 🇨🇦1 review
November 2021
5/5
atmosphere: 5
food: 5
value for money: 5
cleanliness: 5
What a lovely and personal experience to have dinner prepared by Karina!! Along with her husband Lalo, we were treated like honoured guests and enjoyed a delicious and authentic meal, carefully crafted cocktail, and an amazing dessert. I was so full by the end of the meal.... it was a great experience. Highly recommend!!
About the experience Mexican Tasting Menu in Sugar Hill, Harlem by Cocina Consuelo

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Ulises
September 2020
5/5
Trying to find the right words to post a review of my experience at Cocina Consuelo is almost impossible, everything is delicious and Karina and Lalo are 2 spectacular hosts. My friends and I shared the Sardines with Salsa Macha, beautiful mix of savory and spice . We also had the Tuétano/ Bone Marrow, perfectly cooked with plenty meat to enjoy in tacos. I had 1 Chipotle Cheese taco, and Tuna Jalapeño taco, can't find anything like this in NYC, The main dish was a Chile en Nogada, anything good I write about this dish would be a understatement. Stuffed and everything couldn't leave without trying the desserts, 3 leches cake and Chocoflan are a must even if you don't have a sweet tooth.