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Jul 18, 2006 04:41 PM

Spanish Tapas

Any one have suggestions of great Spanish tapas places (other than Flor De Sol)?

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  1. Tia Pol on 10th Avenue. Hands down the best tapas in NYC. Great food, great wine and sangria, fun atmosphere. We went there for my birthday with 10 friends and ordered everything on the menu and not one thing was un-incredible, which is quite a feat. Only downside is that it's tiny and they don't take reservations - with the exception of if you have a party of 5 or more, and then they only have two seatings a night.

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    1. re: livetoeat

      I agree 100%. Tia Pol is the only decent tapas in Manhattan.
      I don not understand why it is so hard to find authentic Spanish food in NYC,
      but it is. Barrio Chino is pretty good, but not consistent.
      Flor De Sol is not strictly Spanish, lots of Italian ideas going on, and "modern interpetations" as well. Not bad, but not really a tapas spot, more a "modern spanish restaurant"

        1. Bar Carrera on 2nd Avenue between 11th and 12th (West side of Avenue) also has very good tapas, albeit a smaller menu and space than Tia Pol. The morcilla bocadillos is excellent as is the shrimp skewer with quail egg, green olive and paprika. Their wine selection is very nice, the AN/2 from Mallorca was a great recommend from the bar tender. The only unusual thing is that bread has to be ordered. This would never be in Spain. Tia Pol is excellent, Bar Carrera is very good. Casa Mono = too expensive, too much attitude, much less than impressive tapas.

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          1. re: tristanbul

            I agree that Casa Mono is expensive, but I've been there many times and have never experienced any "attitude". Also, they have an INCREDIBLE wine list (Spanish wines).

            1. re: MMRuth

              i'll second the wine list. attitude at casa mono? not in my experience.

            2. re: tristanbul

              Bar Carrera is great. If you get dessert, you have to try the strawberries and fresh cream on mini brioche. Sometimes I go there just for that and a glass of wine or sherry.

            3. we recently went to the new tapas place in the village called LAS RAMBLAS on w4th (near cornelia). we enjoyed it a great deal. i plan to spend more time there before fall.

              1. I agree with mrnyc - I love Las Ramblas. The food is great (try the wild mushrooms!) and the people who work there are lovely.