the joys of paella - care to share?
my boyfriend recently moved to west village, which is very exciting both for the neighborhood and the proximity to many great restaurants. (living on the upper east side myself, i'm often frustrated by my lack of options near my apt.) i was especially happy to be closer to sevilla, my favorite paella place in the city. mmm, paella and sangria. however, i would like to expand my paella horizons, and would really appreciate suggestions for new places. i've been hesitant to try paella at other restaurants given the price of the dish (with lobster) and a few strong disappointments - but i know you won't lead me astray. thank you!
I'm at the very beginning of my NYC hunt for good paella...so far on the list:
- Centro Vasco
- El Cid
- La Mesa d'Espana
- La Nacional
- La Paella
There are a bunch of threads about paella, but I wonder if any fellow 'hounds would like to update...?
I was at Centro Vasco tonight - fantastic service, lobster was great, but the seafood paella was a bit too greasy/slimy for me. Shrimp a bit overcooked, scallops were great, mussels were somewhat tasteless...and the sangria was a little too sweet. The atmosphere is cute though, and we had some excellent flan for dessert that never showed up on our check...
I've been very pleased with the paella at Sala One Nine, on 19th between 5th and 6th. I order it together with their grilled chorizo, which I add to the paella.