In a city where alleyway restaurants are scarce, beholding Mena’s picturesque Cortlandt Alley location when approaching is the first indicator of good things to come. As the long-awaited solo endeavor of the acclaimed chef Victoria Blamey (Gotham Bar & Grill, Chumleys, Blue Hill at Stone Barns), this new Tribeca eatery opened in January and offers a four-course prix fixe filled with creative and stellar dishes in a 50-seat dining room with wall-to-wall windows. The food here is inspired both by Blamey’s Chilean roots and years spent cooking in kitchens in Spain, Australia, and NYC. Expect offerings like the Japanese Sardine with potato mayonnaise, piquillo pepper; Spanish Lentils with donko shiitake and vadouvan; and Cholgas Secas of charred cabbage. Helmed by Gustavo Zamora (ATLA), the beverage program includes organic/biodynamic wines, South American spirits, and cocktails highlighting seasonal fruits.