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In 2022, when he and his business partners opened the Mexican restaurant El Valle in Midtown, Luis Damian was clear on what he didn’t want for the space: “I didn’t want to open another tequila bar with a theme of sombreros, skeletons, and mariachi that Americans think of when they picture Mexico.”
Those of us who write about food often focus on seeking out informal little joints and unheralded treasures. But, since it opened in September, I’ve heard Palo Santo described frequently enough as the “sexiest scene in town” to wonder if we’re overlooking diners’ desires for another kind of restaurant: one that dazzles its audience with a big show, creating a kind of collective, near-religious culinary experience.
A modern Mexican restaurant with style to spare, a funky Edgewood Avenue cocktail lounge, and Korean street food in Tucker.
Palo Santo’s menu will be limited to about 20 items, designed to be shared. Options include mushroom tetela, cured hamachi tostada, and wood-fired ora king salmon al pastor.