This month marks five years since James Beard Award-winning restaurateurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette brought their Barcelona-style tapas to Chelsea, New York. Half a decade later, they are just as passionate about the communal experience of small, flavorful plates arriving casually and often, with a plentiful variety of gin and tonics and an eclectic selection of Spanish wines. It is only fitting that they commemorate this significant moment with One Night in Ibiza!
On Thursday, September 27th, Toro New York will bring the drama and splendor of Ibiza to NYC for one night only. Starting at 10pm, the restaurant will transform into a space evoking the high-energy atmosphere that the Spanish island is famous for, complete with the dynamic bites and menu favorites that have secured Toro’s staying power on the New York food scene. Drink specials will be as brazen as the bikinis on the beaches spanning the Balearic Islands, with lights, smoke and fire inspired by the electric nightlife of the celebrated island.
Will Malnati has been a partner of Toro New York with Oringer and Bissonnette since day one, and has been thinking about reaching this momentous five-year mark since then. “There has never been a doubt in my mind that we were going to make it because we have a strong team and a strong product. Getting there has been an awesome journey that has been very impactful in my life, and hopefully in the lives of our neighbors and regulars that we’ve built relationships with over the years.”
Community has always been at the heart of Toro NYC. The Boston flagship has thrived since 2005 in the South End by embracing the neighborhood as it has grown-up around the jamón and uni-powered restaurant and bar.
“In San Sebastián, they cook everything out in the open,” says Oringer, “that is what inspired Toro. The camaraderie of the sharing, the wild mushrooms, razor clams, and octopus all cooked next to each other on the plancha, it changed my whole philosophy. I decided to move away from fine dining and bring this transparency of cooking to our community. We just want people to have fun and enjoy themselves. As long as we’re open, that is what Toro will be about.”
Malnati described the opportunity to open a restaurant with the esteemed chef duo as, “unique and challenging at times, but an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.” The Chicago-native named Toro New York’s greatest moment thus far as the first of January in 2014, when the New York Times published a two-star restaurant review of Toro. “I still consider it one of our collective greatest achievements. We’ve been able to keep a consistent level of service and product that has kept us going from that review until now. That was a big moment for us, and this is an event bigger moment.”
Join the Toro New York team as they celebrate on September 27th at 10pm at 85 10th Avenue. The party is open to the public and will provide music, food and entertainment. Drink specials and the Toro beverage menu will be business as usual. Dinner reservations will not be accepted after 8pm that night. For large party requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.