Restaurant trends in New York City don’t last long, but restaurant-in-residence dining is starting to gain traction. With this relatively new restaurant concept, dining spots offer seasoned chefs a platform to serve their culinary creations to a new audience, the way a museum will feature rotating artists for several weeks or months. Like Resident and Mastercard’s Priceless, a rotating, notable chef takes over the kitchen until the next one.
Intersect By Lexus is located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, offering a cafe, bar, lounge, two gallery spaces and the main restaurant, which is helmed by executive chef Nick Martinez. Intersect By Lexus works in collaboration with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality, which owns and manages Michelin and James Beard-awarded restaurants, ensuring diners a quality, destination-dining experience.
Goan cuisine is rare in America, in that many U.S. restaurants don’t serve this regional cuisine from India, which is heavy handed in Portuguese influences and coastal flavors. Shahzad has managed to elevate traditional Goan dishes at O Pedro with forward thinking and contemporary techniques.
Portuguese influence makes Shahzad’s Goan dishes unique
Goa was colonized by the Portuguese in 1510, so the state has been heavily influenced by Portuguese culture, and you can find it in the food, which makes Goan cuisine incredibly unique and independent from traditional Indian cuisine.
Some traditional techniques in Goan food include smoking meats, drying fish, wood-firing poee (rather than naan), and utilizing chorizo and coconut. At Intersect By Lexus, you can expect dishes that embrace these Goan staples—but with Shahzad’s creative twists—like sourdough poee with “balchow butter,” chorizo-braised octopus, Goan-striped bass curry and “canned” sardines.
Shahzad is inspired by popular Goan restaurants
There’s a handful of elevated, stand-out restaurants in Goa, and Shahzad is a big fan of some institutions that have put Goan food on the map. Gunpowder is a hotspot, gracing “best restaurants in Goa” lists by major outlets (from Conde Nast Traveller to Vogue India), known primarily for its curries. Spice Goa in a random, off-the-radar location is known for its fish curries, prawns and homemade masala, and it’s a favorite for Shahzad. Shahzad is also a fan of Nostalgia, one of the longest-running top restaurants in Goa set in an al fresco, boho-eclectic space and famous for its meat and vegetarian dishes.
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Take a look at the full menu offered at Intersect By Lexus
at INTERSECT by LEXUS
Pedro’s Gin & Tonic
Mr. Fernandez’s Fancy Drink
Not A Bloody Mary
Sourdough Poee with ‘Balchow’ Butter
Charred Pumpkin Pâté
Lotus Root Chilli Fry
Purple Potato & Kohlrabi ‘Dangar’
Crispy Puffer Fish
Alaskan King Crab ‘Kismur’
Chorizo Braised Octopus
Choriz Chili Taco
Veal Tongue Carpaccio
Roasted Bone Marrow
Sun-dried Green Pea Curry ‘Watana Rassa’
Goan Striped Bass Curry ‘Sheet Kodi’
Whole Red Snapper ‘Rechado’
Pork Neck ‘Assado’
Grilled Rib Eye ‘Jeere-Meere’
Lisboa Pastel de Nata
Portuguese Doughnuts ‘Sonhos’
Kokum Sorbet ‘Sundae’
O Pedro is Intersect by Lexus’ fourth restaurant-in-residence since opening in 2018, following Frenchie (Paris, London) by executive chef Gregory Marchand; 040 (Chile) by executive chef Sergio Barroso (and ranked among the 50 Best Restaurants in the World); and Mishiguene (Argentina) by executive chef Tomas Kalika.
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