Hot Plates: Veronica Gessa at Mercadito
|Photo by Danielle Alvarez|
New Times: How long have you worked at Mercadito?
Veronica Gessa: My first night was Cinco de Mayo. I was baptized by fire.
What is your favorite cocktail? Mercadito's little market. It's made with tequila reposada, fresh pineapple, chile guajillo and pico piquin. It's refreshing and fruity but the tequila retains its flavor.
What is your favorite Mercadito entrée?
The Chile relleno. It's a poblano stuffed with seafood.
What do you think is the sexiest item on the menu?
Mecadito's big nose goes to Mexico. They light it on fire and that's hot. And all of the ceviches are sexy.
Do you ever get hit on while at work?
Always, everyday. And not just by customers.
How do you handle your suitors?
With a smile and with that, you will never have me look. I once got tipped $100 to seat someone, even though there were plenty of tables available. It was a Tuesday. They always want to talk to you about their boats. Or they point to their cars outside.
What makes Mercadito sexy?
The ambiance they have created and the art everywhere. The artist was once a graffiti artist and I think graffiti is hot. And the music is awesome. And of course the staff. It's like a lounge here, so everyone can sit really close in the booths.
What makes Mercadito stand out?
Our menu is one of the most creative around. I am obsessed with the food here.
Tell me about your best day at work.
It was a Sunday during our brunch. We have an all you can eat and drink brunch. That particular day it was crazy packed and everyone was so happy. There was so much energy. I don't know if it was just because everyone was drunk, but it was great.
Where you like to party after work?
I host parties at the Electric Pickle. And I love going to Bar after work. I bring leftover guacamole. I also love going to Grand Central, Louis, Rokbar, Coco de Ville...I go out a lot.
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