La Vara received a nod as one of 2012′s “Restaurant Triumphs” from the New York Times:
— Ted & Honey (@tedandhoneycafe) January 2, 2013
NYT: La Vara’s menu is a tribute to the imprint of Jews and Arabs on the kitchens of Spain. What could have been an esoteric history lesson turned out to offer a fresh take on a cuisine that Americans are just starting to understand. Without footnotes, you might not know that chicken heart skewers rubbed with coriander come from the Arab side of the family tree, and the tender almond cake called Torta di Santiago from the Jewish side. Your palate, though, will pick up on a cluster of ingredients from the Middle East, like rice, eggplants, cumin and saffron, and soon you’ll be seeing all kinds of Spanish foods in a different light.
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