As a child, Ivan Garcia loved helping his grandmother and mother plan and prepare elaborate dishes for his large family in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City. These experiences inspired him to study gastronomy in Puebla, the pride of his country’s rich culinary tradition.
Chef Ivan moved to New York in 2000 and honed his personal style in some of the city’s top restaurants. He then developed the menus at Williamsburg favorites Mesa Coyoacan and Zona Rosa (where he is also the chef and owner). His delectable cuisine at these popular eateries has been recognized with the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand for six years in a row.
Garcia holds great reverence for authentic Mexican dishes done to perfection and delights in getting creative with the myriad of traditional ingredients available to him. The result is subtle yet deeply layered creations that celebrate the very best of his heritage.
The team behind Guadalupe Inn and Williamsburg favorites Mesa Coyoacan and Zona Rosa Brooklyn include partners Ivan Garcia, Jorge Boetto, Gerardo Zabaleta and Doug Easdon as well as General Manager Teresa Escobar and Entertainment Director Chris Tart.