For chef Seamus Mullen of El Colmado Butchery, food isn’t just his vocation. As a former sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, it’s also his medicine.
There’s a whole lot of good stuff going on at Mullen’s new Meatpacking District spot: El Colmado Butchery is an upbeat Spanish tapas and wine bar-meets-classic butcher shop. It’s also an all-day neighborhood joint where you can wander in for a plate of Serrano ham ($13) during the afternoon, pick up pre-High Line picnic provisions, grab an incredible pasture-raised rotisserie chicken ($16) for dinner or consult with the butcher about what cut of antibiotic, hormone-free, and responsibly raised meat you should cook at home.
But it’s not all meat on the menu here. The night we stopped by we delighted in a bright orange gazpacho ($4) made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, sherry vinegar and chunks of avocado. In addition, Mullen is an avid green-juice drinker and he offers three fresh-pressed juice blends including the Oro/Gold ($6), which combines pineapple, yellow beet, papaya, lemon and honey.
Mullen credits food as part of his journey to overcome arthritis. He told us, “It wasn’t until I learned and understood more about the relationship between my health and the food I was eating, did I come to appreciate just how important cooking with and eating real, whole foods was.”
Never thought you’d be stopping by the neighborhood butcher for a juice infusion, did you?
(Photo credit: Christine Han Photography)