It’s perhaps too early to dub the Bowery “Little Mexico,” but there’s little doubt that the street, once New York City’s “Skid Row,” is undergoing a second renaissance (the first was in the 1980s). In the last two years, the southernmost reaches of the thoroughfare have become home to two (count ’em) stylish Mexican restaurants. The newer and more upscale of the two, Casa Bond, opened on Wednesday.
The business of eating and drinking is conducted at bare-topped white marble tables softly lit by diamond crystal chandeliers and circular rippled glass sconces.
Order the signature “XXIV Karat” cocktail, and a beverage cart outfitted with 15 premium tequilas arrives alongside your table. The production combines Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre infused with yuzu and local honey with either Herradura Legend tequila (or the guest’s choice of another premium tequila), stirred with ice and garnished with 24-Karat gold flakes and activated charcoal foam.
Lobster finds its way into the guacamole (served with baked heirloom corn tostadas, natch) and the ceviche, which is made with passion fruit, lychee, fresh mango, and chile de arbol. The duck confit pink mole is a distillate of 24 ingredients including white chocolate, hoja santa (aka Mexican pepperleaf), and pine nuts.
Casa Bond, 334 Bowery (bet. Great Jones and Bond Sts.), 917-639-3009.