ÁNIMO: ¡Ay, caldos! / Havre 77’s Lunch Menu

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ÁNIMO: Ay!, caldos…
Ánimo is a great new concept developed by the gregarious norteño chef Antonio de Livier. The affordable lunch spot, not far from the WTC, offers nothing but soups and tacos. But the soup offerings are varied and unusual – ‘birriamen’ is the house special, combining the heartwarming picante of Jalisco birria with filling Japanese ramen. $109 pesos buys a bowl, 3 tacos such as lengua en adobo or hongos con quelites as well as a drink. It’s a bargain.

The spiffy light-wood furnished moderne space centers around a communal table as well as wraparound counters. Service is US cafetería style, i.e. order, grab a tray, pay and sit. Anyone remember SoHo’s legendary Food, of the ’70’s and ’80’s? The chef promises more branches soon, but meanwhile it’s worth the trip to colonia Napoles. ¡Anímate!

Ánimo Calle Pensylvania 205, Napoles; Open Monday-Saturday 1 – 9 p.m. 

Havre is chef Eduardo ‘Lalo’ García’s venue for classic French cuisine. It is set in a pretty turn of the 20th century house in colonia Juarez. The menu is comrised of bistro classics such as frissé aux lardon, confit de canard, steak frites and bouillabaisse, all done textbook perfect as only Lalo can do. The raw bar features the best seafood from Baja California and even France itself.

Now, he is offering a 4 course bar menu during lunch hours – 1-5 p.m. – Tuesday – Friday. At $290 it is a great way to sample the superb fare for those on a budget. C’est magnifique!

Havre 77, Calle Havre 77, Col. Juarez, Tel. 5208 1070
Open Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 11 p.m., Sunday, Monday 1 – 5 p.m.

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