Manos Nouveau, the Castro's newest Latin-fusion dining restaurant, opens this evening at 3970 17th St. It replaces Pica Pica, which shuttered in early 2014.
Owner Manuel Montalban told Hoodline he was excited to make a Castro home for his restaurant after closing the restaurant's previous incarnation on 22nd Street in the Mission. The new space is bigger than the Mission Street location, seating up to 49 diners on two levels.
Montalban said he thinks the new 17th Street location will be a natural fit for Manos Nouveau. When the restaurant was located in the Mission, he estimated that 20 percent of his diners came in from the Castro.
Chef Gualberto Nic Camara and sous chef-partner Francisco Morales are behind the menu, which is broken down into small plates (ahi tuna ceviche, day boat scallops, latin chicken meatballs) and large plates (Latin-style chicken cordon bleu, duck breast with mayan kun sauce, salmon over chimole rice). The new spot also boasts a wine list sourced from small biodynamic and sustainably farmed wineries from South America and the Iberian Peninsula, with glass running $9-$15 and bottles starting at $32.
"We're reinventing the wheel," said Montalban about what sets Manos Nouveau apart. Montalban said that the restaurant's dishes borrow from many different cultures, including Mayan and French influences.
The space has an artsy feel, with painter, sculptor and creative director-partner Caitlin James contributing her own textiles and pottery and managing the restaurant's rotating selection of original artwork, all in addition to running the restaurant's front-of-house operations.
Manos Nouveau will be open 5pm-10 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Stop on by and check it out, or call (415) 872-5507 for reservations.