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Feb 11, 2007 08:24 AM

Bar Ferdinand?

In my quest to find a Spanish tapas place, I found this online. I hardly ever get into town anymore. Worth the trip?

The pictures show a real tapas case, some credible menu items and Cava by the bottle and the glass...
1030 North 2nd Street

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  1. Nope....quite disappointing.
    Cheap, great prices but boring food.
    Weak spanish flavors.
    Sketchy neighborhood at night.
    Head on down to Amada in old city.

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    1. re: Chowtalk

      The neighborhood isn't that bad and the same could be said for the food. Nice atmosphere, bar. Sketchy neighborhood....come on!?. I'll show you some sketchy neighborhoods and Northern Liberties and Fishtown ain't it.

    2. Agreed.... sketchy neighborhood? G Goo has it right. It's a nice place for a drink in a quiet part of town with easy parking. The neighborhood is great. You're more likely to get mugged in New Jersey then in N. Lib.

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      1. re: jennw36

        Yeah, I love Northern Liberties. Great bohemian/Philly-hometown vibe. Not pretentious nor dangerous. Still retains some of the industrial-area grit, but that's what makes it real. Take that away and you have, well, Old City. For Chowtalk to throw out the "sketchy" label is both false and irresponsible.

        And Bar Ferdinand, while new and probably inconsistent, it's the kind of place that given a few years (along with The Standard Tap, N 3rd, etc) will act as an anchor for the developing area. My wife and I had a great night there on a warm November night last year.....I say give it a go.

      2. now now, let's not be jumpin on NJ. every state/city has bad/unsafe areas. as to the tapas at bar ferdinand, i've alos heard less than stellar reviews. there USED to be a great place in center city right on the corner of locust st. sadly it's gone and whatever else has tried there has failed. amada is my preference now IF you can manage to get in. the food is consistant, the waiters (that i've dealt with) are knowledgable and outgoing. i am ceratin someone somewhere will disagree, but c'est la vie. i love the place.

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        1. re: spinach

          Spinach - It was for effect, I am originally a Jersey girl.

        2. I've thoroughly enjoyed Bar Ferdinand on every visit. I agree with the previous posts that describing the area as "sketchy" is accurate only if you are one who is use to frequenting suburban strip malls exclusively (not that there is anything wrong with suburban strip malls). Great beer list, solid wine list, interesting tapas and friendly staff (and patrons) make this place a winner. I like Amada 99% for a variety of reasons but what they call a Paella should be considered a disgrace. Horrible!

          1. I enjoyed the atmosphere, food and drinks at Bar Ferdinand BUT I found the tapas to be SO small, it was very hard (and expensive) to fill up. Is it really less expensive than Amada?

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            1. re: saturninus

              My checks have been significantly lower at Bar Ferdinand than they ever were at Amada, for the same amount of food and drink. But Amada uses pricier ingredients for some items, and is fancier overall. I like both for what they are, it just depends what I'm in the mood for--'comfort' (BF) or 'high-end' (Amada).

              To Mawrter: if you decide to make the trip to Bar Ferdinand, I especially recommend trying any of the empanadas, the skirt steak with egg, patatas bravas, and duck confit. I was not a big fan of the Cava Rosada by the glass (a little too sweet for me), but the Cava Segura Viudas is good. The only dish I can think of to avoid would be the roasted lamb--it was pretty dry, although the onion relish on the side was delicious by itself.

              And I feel just as safe on Liberties Walk as I do in Old City, my own neighborhood. In fact, if it's late enough, Old City can be pretty dicey.