Oh, Oovina!!! New Restaurant, GREAT Food!
New to the restaurant world, Ooviña is making noise as they enter this competitive industry. Located in the heart of Hells Kitchen on Ninth Avenue you will find Ooviña, a refreshing twist to your average Wine and Tapas Bar. Ooviña is not only visually captivating; it also offers a completely delicious and nutritious gluten free menu.
Owners, Stephen Hoover and Giovanni Morales are no strangers to the neighborhood. Hoover and Morales, previously owned Market Cafe, which was in the same location. Although Market Cafe had been an institution in Hells Kitchen for twenty years, as time passed, Hoover and Morales noticed a change in the area. The once office filled location became occupied by residential buildings and a younger demographic.
The six-month-old Ooviña fits the current elegant and professional yet fun and vivacious scene. The Martha’s Vineyard themed restaurant will have you gasping upon entrance. From the savoring smell to the white painted leaves draped across the ceiling, no matter where you sit, you are in for a show. Ooviña is fitting for any occasion; a fun date night with your pals or even for drinks after a long day at work, you will not be disappointed. I recommend the Blueberry Mint Cooler. The fun bubbly cocktail is not only easy on the eye, but it will have your taste buds begging for more. With just enough rum, blueberry Chambord preserve, muddled mint fresh lemon and don’t forget love, the Ooviña barista with leave an everlasting stain on your heart, and tongue!
The drinks are delicious but you will not feel the full experience without a tasting the food. Ooviña made it extremely hard to leave, the savoring, well season dish was hand made by co-owners Hoover and Morales. I recommend the Shrimp Ajillo.
The Shrimp Ajillo was well seasoned in garlic/herbs, Sriracha, and corn masa cake. The décor made it hard to eat but nonetheless it was scrumptious. With every bite I was stepping into heaven. I was more than pleased.
The chicken taco was another meal that made me happy with every bite!
If you prefer to stay away from meat, Ooviña also provides shrimp tacos. The Tacos are well cooked and covered with an avocado aioli sauce that will make your taste buds beg for more!!
Not only was the food amazing, but, the service was spectacular. The waiters were very warm and welcoming. Upon arrival I was greeted and escorted to a table. I didn’t expect to be treated with such kindness mainly because there was a private party-taking place. Nonetheless, the Ooviña staff made everyone a priority.
The food was spectacular, the service was phenomenal and the ambiance was beautiful. If you’re looking for a great place to take your friends or a special someone, Ooviña is your place.
496 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10018