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Spanish in the Boros

neil Apr 25, 2006 09:18 PM

I am looking for some great Spanish food in any of the boroughs. Something similar to El Faro or some of the NJ Ironbound restaruants, but definitely out of Manhattan. Any recommendations? I heard of a great place in Bayonne, but I am not sure if I want to schlep all the way over there.

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    FoodGal Jul 7, 2006 08:31 PM

    Try Sanchos on 3rd Ave in Bay Ridge. My best friend's family is from Northern Spain and they reccomended it to me. The salsa verde is pretty good.

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      Strudel Jul 7, 2006 12:45 AM

      We like Marbella Restaurant, 220-33 Northern Blvd • Bayside, New York • (718) 423-0100 (only a few miles east of Shea Stadium). http://www.marbella-restaurant.com. We like the food and the casual atmosphere...where else can you hear happy birthday played on a harp.

      There also is Meson Asturias, 40-12 83rd Street, Jackson Heights (right off of Roosevelt Avenue), 7180-446-9154. It is small. Double check if they still have the Flamenco dancers and live music.

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      1. re: Strudel
        Brian S Jul 7, 2006 02:40 AM

        Meson Asturias is quite good. They have a 3 course lunch for $10 including sangria! At least, they used to.

      2. Brian S Jul 6, 2006 05:09 PM

        Years ago I read that some Portuguese families have settled near the Sutphin Blvd stop of the E train. I went out there a few times and had good meals at O Lavrador 138-40 101 Ave., Richmond Hill,Queens 526-1526 I also saw two restaurants on Sutphin near the train and ate at one; not bad. Searching online, the only Portuguese place I can find on Sutphin is
        Churrasqueira Restaurant 59-29 (or 95-29, depending on the website; I'd guess the latter) Sutphin Blvd I dont know if that was the one I dined at or not. There might be others; this is one of the less-explored parts of town. I should add that I preferred the Ironbound chow better, especially the northern Spanish Casa Vasca
        And about seven years ago Jim Leff posted about incredible Portuguese places way out on Long Island.

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          lambretta76 Jul 6, 2006 06:11 PM

          I believe that there's a big Portuguese population out in Mineola. That's interesting to hear about the Sutphin places, though - is it Portuguese or is it Brazilian?

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            Brian S Jul 6, 2006 09:23 PM

            Portuguese not Brazilian. And very reminiscent of places in the Ironbound.

            As for Mineola, here's an old thread... but I think I heard that "Little Portugal" moved to Connecticut.


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              Brian S Jul 8, 2006 07:00 PM

              And a poster in Connecticut just found a Portuguese place there. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        2. Covert Ops Jul 6, 2006 03:33 PM

          I believe the place in Bayonne you're talking about is Mediterraneo. I ate there several years ago and recall it as very pleasant, good for a date or relaxed occasion. Homemade potato chips! :-) I think I must have had something shrimpy -- they have an extensive menu. Sorry I can't provide more details, but I do recommend it.

          Menu: http://www.mediterraneobayonne.com/Me...

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            Tay Apr 29, 2006 05:56 PM

            Real Madrid Spanish Restaurant on Forest Ave in (Gasp!) Staten Island has a great wait staff,excellent prices and superb food...Well worth the trip.
            The portions are HUGE, and the daily specials are...
            well... Special. I am not a wine drinker, but their white sangria is addictive: Tart and delicious. It's a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. Great for a date or a family evening out.You can linger as long as you want and parking is plentiful in or out of their lot.
            I would skip dessert, which is nothing special.
            You'll be too full anyway...

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              Peter Cherches Apr 26, 2006 12:49 PM

              I've heard great things about El Boqueron in Astoria, though I haven't been there. I believe it's run by a guy who used to work at El Cid, and there's a tapas focus. A Cuban friend of mine who used to go with me to El Cid had raved about it, and he told me it's a very comfortable place.

              Link: http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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