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Best Tapas in the City, any ideas?

ckastnerf Sep 23, 2006 03:35 PM

My husband and I have a ftiend coming in from out of town. We were thinking of doing a tapas night but need an excellent rec.

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    Mazzer RE: ckastnerf Sep 23, 2006 04:28 PM

    Do you want true Spanish tapas or just small plates?

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      ckastnerf RE: Mazzer Sep 24, 2006 01:14 PM

      woul dlove tru Spanish tapas!

    2. jenniebnyc RE: ckastnerf Sep 23, 2006 04:57 PM

      Solera is really good. The tapas bar up front is pretty small so not good for a large group, but they will serve tapas in the main diningroom as well.

      It's a little old school and can be quiet there at times, so not your typical festive tapas atmosphere, but the food is good.

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        kesues RE: ckastnerf Sep 23, 2006 05:03 PM

        i love Tia pol for tapas but it is a small place and there is often a wait. You could try Boqueria or perhaps Casa Mono/Bar Jamon

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          MMRuth RE: kesues Sep 23, 2006 05:22 PM

          Casa Mono is my favorite - heading there for lunch right now.

        2. aesis RE: ckastnerf Sep 23, 2006 05:10 PM

          I really liked Bar Carrera when I went recently. It's a very lively, cozy scene (very narrow and small dining room) but the food is great even without a kitchen. Great sangrias and many of the menu items are inspired/designed by Wylie Dufresne (owner/chef of WD-50).


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            billyeats RE: ckastnerf Sep 23, 2006 05:27 PM

            A favorite place of mine is ALTA (w.10th St/6th Ave.). It is certainly not traditional spanish tapas, but very creative and delicious small plates in a beautiful setting.

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              mrnyc RE: ckastnerf Sep 23, 2006 05:29 PM

              LAS RAMBLAS lately is my call for best tapas.

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                anil RE: ckastnerf Sep 23, 2006 10:44 PM

                Sol y Sombre On Amsterdam & 82 ?
                El Cid on 15th between 8h & 9th
                Tia Pol on 19th & 21st/22nd
                Boqueria on 19th between off 5th
                Oliva on Houson and Allen
                Pinxto on Spring & Grennwich (This has basque specialities)

                On the other hand Turkish,Greek tapas know as mezes are also abound in New York.

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                  felic36 RE: ckastnerf Sep 24, 2006 12:51 AM

                  Tia Pol is amazing - we have never been dissapointed by the food, especially the amazing daily specials they have like whole grilled garlic trout or oyster mushroom carpaccio. The white sangria is also fantastic. But be prepared for a massively long wait for a table or even a spot at the bar - go right when they open and you have the best chance.

                  1. Zion RE: ckastnerf Sep 24, 2006 07:30 PM

                    wow, cant believe the response for tia pol. im surprised. anyone that has been to spain will tell you, there is still no good tapas place here in nyc, and the 2 times i tried tia pol i was disappointed. small selection. very limited wine offerings, i had to repeat 3 of the same tapas so i wouldnt have to order a pizza after!! bar carrera, boqueria and a less traditional casa mono are the winners so far....for more formal, azafran is cool too.

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                      mkerekes RE: ckastnerf Sep 24, 2006 07:37 PM

                      I personally prefer Bar Jamon to Casa Mono, its smaller, more of a wine bar than restaurant, everything is very simple and fresh. I like the darker atmosphere and its a much more romantic, but I wouldn't go to there to have a big meal, just a a great bottle of wine and some little plates.

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                        MMRuth RE: mkerekes Sep 24, 2006 08:08 PM

                        I've never been to Spain, but my sense is that Bar Jamon offers more in the way of being a typical tapas bar, than Casa Mono - which offers somewhat more substantial small plates than tapas typically are, and those dishes often have a bit of "twist" on typical tapas.

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                        chowgal3 RE: ckastnerf Sep 24, 2006 08:16 PM

                        I recently ate at Pipa and loved the tapas selection at the restaurant. I feel that they serve some of the best sangria in NYC. The staff is also extremely friendly. Our waiter had only been there for two days and we loved every dish he recommended.

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                          chrism90 RE: ckastnerf Sep 25, 2006 12:21 PM

                          Try the Indian restaurant Tabla, I had good luck there.

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                            kenito799 RE: ckastnerf Sep 25, 2006 01:30 PM

                            Here's an old thread on this topic. In general the delights of tapas are diminished in NYC due to the highly inflated cost of drinks. If money is no object then I love Tia Pol. Less fancy tapas dishes are reliably enjoyed at the far less trendy Cafe Riazor on W 16th. There's also a nice place worth checking out in Williamsburgh, Zipi Zape.

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                              chocolate pants RE: ckastnerf Sep 25, 2006 02:06 PM

                              Definately check out Alta if you haven't been. It has some great flavors and it's in such a fun neighborhood.

                              1. Zion RE: ckastnerf Sep 25, 2006 03:13 PM

                                dinner last night at las ramblas....nice...chanquetes (fried mini fish) pear sanfria and chipirones (calamari) were a hit.... spanish staff and music a plus!

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