Stoneacre Pantry re-opened on Friday, January 6 as La Vasca, a Basque-style restaurant featuring small plates. tapas with a Northern Spain influence.
Stoneacre Pantry owners Christopher Bender and David Crowell have officially announced plans to move their Thames Street restaurant to a new location in Washington Square as their Thames Street location will transform into a Basque-style restaurant named La Vasca.
Owners Bender and Crowell share the same passion for fostering a sense of community atmosphere in each of their endeavors. The two worked together previously at NYC’s Mas (Farmhouse) and Mas (La Grillade). In 2013, they became partners again to open Stoneacre Pantry, a neighborhood restaurant focused on sustainability and a positive relationship with the local environment.
Today, their newest endeavor does just the same, offering shareable plates in addition to tapas, hot and cold appetizers and a selection of entrees including Paella, whole roasted fish and beef. All items will follow the same sourcing and sustainability practices as those at Stoneacre, focusing on products from nearby farms and fishermen with fish from nearby waters and meats from local farms that raise their animals humanely.
The new restaurant and menu offerings are largely influenced by Northern Spain, specifically San Sebastian, which Bender explains is currently a galvanizing gastronomic hub. "San Sebastian offers vitality and a certain simplicity in lifestyle that is inspiring; that is what we want to impart at La Vasca,” furthers Bender.
Menu items include:
- Charred Pt. Judith Squid with Romesco
- Paella Valenciana with Prawns, Mussels, Littlenecks & House-made Sausage with Bomba Rice
- Jamon Iberico de Bellotta
- Sriracha Pickled Quail's Eggs
- Crispy Mushrooms with Farm Egg
La Vasca dinner service begins Friday, January 6 at 5:30 PM. Reservations accepted with limited room saved for walk-ins. For updates and specials, please visit www.stoneacrepantry.com and follow “La Vasca” and “Stoneacre Pantry” on facebook and Instagram.