About Salinas


Since opening in 2011, Salinas has been recognized as one of the best Spanish restaurants in New York and the U.S., as well as received numerous accolades including two stars in The New York Times  and being named one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants.

Salinas’ proprietors Nicolas Matar, Mary Catherine Mikula and Donald Mikula have traveled extensively throughout Spain and took inspiration from the country’s lively culture, music, and cuisine. They joined forces with renowned chef Luis Bollo, a native of San Sebastian, who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain including Martin Berasategui and Zuberoa.

Under the direction of Chef/Partner Luis Bollo, Salinas showcases the flavors of the Spanish Mediterranean in a plush, romantic townhouse setting. The menu features dishes inspired by the region’s diverse culinary traditions, as well as inventive new creations that marry modern techniques and traditional flavors. Chef Bollo has also tapped into the unexplored terrain of contemporary Spanish rice and pasta dishes to go beyond traditional paella, using it as a technique and genre that highlights the texture of the rice and pasta rather than accompanying ingredients.

The stunning design by Mary Catherine and Donald Mikula features handcrafted furnishings and contemporary details that evoke the spirit of the Balearic Islands.

The restaurant unfolds over three distinct rooms, an intimate lounge and bar, main dining room, and a garden with a retractable glass roof and custom-made stone fireplace that offers a charming al fresco dining experience year-round. Plush blue velvet banquettes created by a local artist offer comfortable seating, limestone walls evoke coastal Spain, and Brazilian walnut floors add warmth to the dining room. Adding a unique touch, beautiful fresh flowers arrive weekly from Ecuador and are meticulously maintained by the owners.
Salinas’ staff is committed to attentive service and providing warm, genuine hospitality to all of our guests.


Modern Spanish Cuisine in Chelsea, New York