East Village ethnic spot, La Zarza, is launching a new menu, along with a new chef, in honor of their four year anniversary. David Martinez will step aboard as chef and has had past experience at numerous NYC restaurants such as Aureole, Bouley, and Gansevoort 69. A native of Valencia, Spain, he plans on keeping the traditional Spanish influences and flavors that the spot is known for, but incorporate more seasonal and local ingredients into the menu. The new menu will include a mixture of tapas and larger entrees. You can expect to see small plates such as Crujente de Majon (crispy bread, melted Mahon cheese, honey, lavender, sea salt) and Mini Fabada Catalana (white bean, herb and blood sausage stew), along with a slew of other tasty dishes. Entrees include classic dishes such as Codorniz Con Higo (baby quail wrapped with Serrano ham, celery root puree, fig and apple chutney, lemon-thyme pan sauce) and Merluza en Acite de Arbequina (hake slow poached in Arbequina olive oil, ramp and fava bean puree, spring peas, pea shoot salad). Say felicidades to La Zarza by stopping by and trying out their new menu!