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
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
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
re: stephen kaye
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.
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
re: stephen kaye
"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)
re: Jim Leff
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!