- Weeone Apr 9, 2007 08:40 AM
I'm searching for a new place to go when tapas are the order of the evening. I've been to Las Ramblas, Tia Pol, and Divine Bar West, and they've all been good times. Can anyone add to this list?
We ate at Flor de Sol for the first time last week. Our +/- experience:
+Decor (red wall, drapes, candles, banquets with pillows, etc.)
- tapas served all at once and got cold (escargot and ?)
-we were seated in row of tables next to bar (to be fair we didn't have a reservation, those in the know appear to ONLY sit at the row of tables against the wall), not much room between the bar and this row of tables
-service was slow (we like relaxed service but having to ask for bread, not clearing plates, etc. is something else), not enough servers per table/a server out or maybe it was just an off night
We might return just for drinks and live music.
Casa Mono is the most interesting in my opinion. There's also Pipa, Boqueria, Xunta, Tintol to stay on the more spanish style tapas. If you like small plates in general, Degustation (only 14 seats around an open kitchen) is one of the most fun, interesting, and tasty dining experiences in the city and it has the most heavenly croquetas. and Stanton Social has interesting takes on favorites from various cuisines---great french onion soup dumplings (imagine the best part of the soup in one bite---gooey cheese covered bread bites moistened with onion soup), great mini-snapper tacos, fun mini donut plate with caramel and chocolate dipping sauces.
Degustation is definitely the best of the crops IMO.
I love Boqueria which is very similar to Tia Pol in terms of food. Alta is more down to earth, and their dishes are more "straigthforward" without being bland. Both are my tapa favorites in NYC.
Try Solera on E. 53rd at (I think) Third Avenue. Nice bar in front for tapas, full menu seating in back and upstairs. Great selection of Spanish wine and sherry by the glass, good selection of tapas. Nothing stunningly exotic, but interesting selections competently prepared.
Have you checked out Bobby Flay's BoLo on E. 22nd? Although the entire menu is not tapas, it is an excellent restaurant. I know that he does not get a lot of praise on this board, but having eaten at all of his restaurants, i must say that bolo is probably the best. It might be a bit pricey, but if money is not an object then definitely give it a try!