Calaveras Corner is now open at 936 Amsterdam Avenue, on the corner of 106th Street. This space was previously occupied by The Ellington, which is planning to relocate to 2745 Broadway (which was last occupied by Boulevard Seafood Company).
Calaveras Corner comes from the owners of Calaveras Cafe, a Mexican restaurant they opened down the block early this year.
The newly opened eatery is a tapas-heavy American restaurant which is currently open Monday – Sunday for dinner between 5-10:30pm. They’re working on getting their liquor license, and plan to soon open for brunch and lunch.
Calaveras Corner’s tapas menu features items including Maine crab cakes, chicken satay, steamed mussels and fish tacos.
Four salads are available – grilled shrimp and steak, a house salad, and a caesar salad made with their own in-house dressing, which co-owner Natalia tells us is already a hit.
Main dishes include American classics like chicken pot pie and shepherd’s pie, a filet minion and shell steak, fried cod with smoked bacon and both a grilled and steamed salmon.
Two sides which caught my eye are their garlic mashed potatoes and sweet potato fries, and sweets include cheesecake and tiramisu.
While some may have expected the owners to open a second Mexican restaurant, owners Victor, Francisco and Natalia (along with all staff members) have experience working at American restaurants in the city.
Calaveras Corner is open for indoor dining at the 25% capacity limit, and is taking all precautions to ensure a safe experience for both customers and staff. When customers enter the restaurant, they will receive a temperature check and be given hand sanitizer, and a staff member will collect contact info from one person from each party. In addition, they’re in the process of installing a heavy duty air-filtration device.
The new restaurant is also doing outdoor dining with protectors for the rain and barriers between tables. The owners are also testing out some electric heaters at Calaveras Cafe (before they add some to the new spot).
And they’re offering delivery and pick-up.