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Everything You Need to Know About Atla, Enrique Olvera’s New Restaurant

The Cosme chef goes casual for his latest NYC opening

Nopale tostada
Signe Birck, courtesy of Atla
Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

This is Enrique Olvera’s year: Shortly after relocating and reopening his award-winning Mexico City crown jewel Pujol in a stunning space, the acclaimed chef-restaurateur has just opened the doors to a new restaurant in New York City. In the works for about a year — and certainly one of the city’s most eagerly awaited openings of the season — Atla is a more casual venue than Olvera’s smash hit Big Apple debut, Cosme.

Here’s everything you need to know:

1. Daniela Soto-Innes is involved and that’s great news for diners. Soto-Innes is the chef de cuisine at Cosme, and was instrumental in creating Atla. She has steered the Cosme ship since day one, racking up awards like Eater NY’s Restaurant of the Year in 2015 and the James Beard Rising Star Chef award last year. Day to day, Cosme alum Hugo Vera is running the kitchen at Atla.

Signe Birke, courtesy of Atla

2. The Mexican menu leans light and vegetable-y. Look out for nopal tostadas (pictured up top) and chicken caldo soup. The menu also has an undercurrent of Instagram-health-lifestyle, with items like chia oatmeal, kale tamales, coconut yogurt, and guacamole-topped molletes, which looks a whole lot like avocado toast.

3. It looks a lot like Cosme. It’s a similar vibe with sleek furniture and vibrant plants, but, so far, less Obama.

4. Olvera really wants this to be a neighborhood restaurant. It’s not easy to get tables at Cosme or Pujol, but Olvera hopes that his all-day concept makes for a lower-key place people in the neighborhood can enjoy. “We wanted to create a space where people could go and just call it home,” he told Eater NY. “A regular place, kind of like a living room of your apartment.”

5. It’s open right now. New Yorkers have already been checking it out. Here are some highlights from opening day:

Breakfast settings. @atlanyc

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