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Ideya: A Taste of the Caribbean in SoHo

Ideya: A Taste of the Caribbean in SoHo

Can you get a sense of the islands at Manhattan’s ultra posh SoHo district? Well, casual and bright Ideya takes you away, for a brief moment, to a café in the tropics, somewhere exotic and tranquil, like Cuba or Barbados. Fresh ingredients parlayed into Latin food, coupled with potent umbrella drinks and colorful tropical graffiti spans the wall above. As you enter, you are greeted by a friendly staff seating you on a bright banquette that resembles a relaxed beach chair. The bar is loaded with a myriad of tequilas, piscos, and cachaças — all building blocks for some of the best bebidas you’ll ever savor.

Owner Lauren Small and Chef Isaac Reyes have been serving up Caribbean, Mexican, and Bahamian-inspired dishes to a SoHo crowd for 12 years. Chef Reyes’ food is best described as passionate and simplistic, like the complimentary basket of bronzed curly fried plantains served with a technicolor bowl of salsa. Ideya's menus are split into aperitivos, principales, and house specialties, like taquitos de mariscos, a pile of seafood nestled in a crispy tortilla with chile de arbol and poblano pico de gallo. Featured on Ideya's lunch menu is torta de pollo, a pressed sandwich of fire grilled chicken with pickles, Swiss cheese, and chipotle mayonnaise.

Those seeking something a little more filling are in luck because Ideya is known for their succulent meats! The bistec de Argentina, a slightly chewy sliced skirt steak, is served with a dollop of garden fresh chimichurri. Empanadas-a dish carried to Latin countries in medieval times by Spanish colonists — are here too. There are many versions of empanadas, yet Ideya perfects their version. This mouthwatering meal has just the right amount of juicy beef bursting with Latin spices and taste. On Ideya's dinner menu, you’ll do well with Chef Reyes’ signature roasted chicken breast on a mound of cilantro, zesty sofrito, whipped yucca, and chorizo hash.

Ideya’s sides won’t disappoint either! A fire-charred Mexican-spiced corn on the cob was ordered at the table next to this reviewer. Like a round of cold beers on a summer’s day- naturally I partook. Ideya is a great place for a quick bite of Latin fare with many different continents taking place as an inspiration. Like any Latin dish should be, Ideya’s meals are fresh, delicious, and worth every single bite.

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Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

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Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


Ariel Kanter

Ariel Kanter is a writer, editor, and food enthusiast living in Highland Park, Illinois. As the Director of Commerce at Serious Eats, she oversees everything and anything you can shop, from equipment reviews to gift guides. She has strong opinions about what you should buy for almost any circumstance. You can find her work in New York magazine, Time Out New York, amNewYork, Afar, Today, Refinery29, and, of course, Serious Eats.

Ariel is an NYU graduate who fell in love with cooking and food during college. While working her first editorial job at a now-defunct daily deals site, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education. After completing her externship at Osteria Morini in Soho, Ariel was positive she did not want to become a chef, but was determined to make her way in food media. She started at Serious Eats in 2016 as Director of Marketing, where she oversaw the team's branded content program. Now she spends her days managing the site's equipment review process, writing shoppable content, and acting as the staff's personal shopper (to her deep satisfaction).

Ariel's Desert Island Food: "Mashed potatoes and gravy, Stella's chopped chocolate chip cookies, baked mac and cheese with ground beef and tomatoes, my Bat Mitzvah cake (which was, to this day, the best cake I've ever had), and ripe peaches."

About Serious Eats

Serious Eats, a Dotdash brand, is an award-winning food and drink website visited by over 7 million hungry readers every month. Our audience comes to us for rigorously tested recipes, science-driven cooking techniques, robust equipment reviews, and stories that offer cultural and historical context to the foods we love to eat.


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