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Judith Hancock Mar 18, 1999 06:25 AM

I am having dinner at Solera this Friday and would
appreciate comments on what food you have enjoyed

  1. j
    judith hancock Mar 20, 1999 07:43 AM

    I was mixed re Solera - thought the restaurant decor
    was beautiful but the room is not large and they had a
    heavy bar scene going (it was friday nite) -loud and
    noisy - we sat as far away as possible but could still
    hear at times

    I felt food was overpriced - tapas selection they
    brought seemed uninteresting with one exception - the
    rioja however was quite good - we had appetizers which
    we liked better than the tapas - garlicky shrimp and
    mussels and ham/chorizo platter - latter was my
    favorite -

    they bring green olives and roasted almonds to the
    table when you arrive which are superb -

    guess we should have had the paella but we weren't
    that hungry.

    Has anyone had their tasting menu for $65? Would be
    curious how that was.

    Dessert was disappointing - their version of creme
    brulee was tasteless although the cookies they brought
    with it were warmed and delicious

    Also, I only drink decaff coffee - all they had was

    1. j
      Jim Leff Mar 18, 1999 04:13 PM

      hi, judith

      see my reply to Stephen at the URL below:

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      1. s
        stephen kaye Mar 18, 1999 06:52 AM

        I believe thats a Spanish rest. in the east 50's? if so it was very ordinary.

        4 Replies
        1. re: stephen kaye
          Alex Mar 18, 1999 09:14 AM

          I have dined at Solera often and find it to be one of
          the best Spanish restaurants in the City. Their
          paella (particularly the shellfish paella) is
          excellent. It must be ordered by at least two people
          at your table, but it is well worth it. Beautfiful
          presentation and very, very good. The tapas selection
          is a cut above what you will find in most NY Spanish
          restaurants. Also excellent is the garlicky shrimp
          appetizer and the chorizo. A fine selection of sherry
          complements the meal.

          1. re: Alex
            JMinNYC Mar 19, 1999 10:59 AM

            I also like Solera. It's very popular with the
            Corporate Dining set as it is very conveniently
            located in Midtown.

            I would call it Nouvelle Spanish. There is definitely
            alot of French technique used to update classic
            Spanish dishes and ingredients. And, yes, the food is
            beautifully presented.

          2. re: stephen kaye
            Jim Leff Mar 18, 1999 04:11 PM

            "I believe thats a Spanish rest. in the east 50's?"

            yup.... Solera is at 216 east 53rd St.

            "if so it was very ordinary"

            I haven't been in a couple of years, but I was pretty impressed. Menu's a tad inconsistent, and it's overpriced, but even though I'm the most extreme of skeptics when it comes to local Spanish food (I've toured Spain over a dozen times...it's like a second home to me), I thought they were pretty respectable and pretty authentic. Come to think of it, I may have only had the tapas, but I think I tried literally all of 'em (was working on a tapas article for Wine & Spirits)


            1. re: Jim Leff
              John Knoesel Mar 19, 1999 07:28 PM

              I know this is too late for fri. advice ( just got back
              from beantown - I don't care what ANYBODY says - NYC is
              the place to be for ST.Pats. ) Solera, as I have posted
              before, is best enjoyed in warmer climes, when you can
              hang out in their garden.
              Their selection of riojas and atmosphere - along with
              fresh and delicious tapas - is worth the money.
              You only live ONCE!!!- spend it!
              Regards, JK

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