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Alta, Boqueria or Tia Pol on a weeknight?

evillgirl May 19, 2007 06:12 PM

How hard would it be to get a table for 5 on weeknight after 8? It looks like none of them take reservations and I'm trying to find someplace for a foodie gathering with a fun tapas-y atmosphere somewhere below 28th Street.

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    dimples RE: evillgirl May 19, 2007 06:38 PM

    In my experience Tia Pol gets really crowded, with no open tables, less than an hour after it opens which I think is 6:00.

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      billyeats RE: evillgirl May 20, 2007 08:24 AM

      I believe that Alta takes reservations. It's also probably your best bet on a weeknight. I'm a big fan of the place.

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        nyufoodie RE: billyeats May 20, 2007 11:14 AM

        I concur that Alta will probably be your best bet for a big party of 5 as Tia Pol and Boqueria are both space challenged and very popular...thus, always crowded.

      2. Tom Steele RE: evillgirl May 20, 2007 11:18 AM

        I actually prefer Las Ramblas on West 4th Street just west of Sixth Avenue. Tia Pol is cramped and awkward. The tapas are really good at both places, but the Spanish wines at Las Ramblas tilt me toward it. Some bottles just aren't available elsewhere in this country.

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          foodie4life RE: Tom Steele May 20, 2007 01:28 PM

          Alta definitely takes reservations. Tia Pol only has one table for six and though delicious it is really small. Alta is your best bet.

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            Weeone RE: foodie4life May 21, 2007 12:22 PM

            Just wanted to concur that Las Ramblas is an excellent place. However, it is tiny as well and fills up very quickly. Try it when you are with a smaller party and stick with Alta this time.

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          chocokitty RE: evillgirl May 21, 2007 04:46 PM

          I know it's a bit off topic here, but I would like to know what should one order at Alta, amongst two people to share? Thanks!


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            a_and_w RE: chocokitty May 21, 2007 06:18 PM

            You can share almost anything there. I'm personally a fan of the riccotta balls with honey, the bacon-wrapped dates and olives, and the chorizo-wrapped shrimp. They also used to do an unusually tasty version of hen-of-the-woods mushrooms but I haven't seen it on the menu for some time. Only dish I wouldn't order again was the cauliflower with clams, though I'm not such a fan of clams to begin with.

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              roze RE: chocokitty May 21, 2007 06:19 PM

              My favorites are the spinach salad with dried cherries, the moroccan spiced cashews (mmm. so good), fried goat cheese and lamb meatballs (hit or miss), I recommend just ordering a couple dishes and then ordering more when you feel like it. I ordered everything at once one time and felt rushed. Better to space it out. Enjoy!

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                straciatella RE: chocokitty May 21, 2007 07:00 PM

                I recently enjoyed the fried goat cheese with lavender honey and the scallops.

              2. ballulah RE: evillgirl May 22, 2007 09:07 AM

                I went to Boqueria with 4 friends on a recent Thursday night and we got a table right away. I really enjoyed the food, though the portions were quite small. We were in the mood for a few bottles of wine and some grazing, not a full meal, and I loved everything we ordered except the shrimp. The wine was also excellent. Don't get me started on dessert, the churros with hot chocolate was unbelieveably good...and dessert is not something you often see on the menu in a tapas place.

                I also love Las Ramblas, but if Tia Pol is more cramped than Las Ramblas, Tia Pol must be the size of my linen closet. Las Ramblas is very tiny, I would think best suited to no more than 4 people in a group. It's a bit less pretentious than Boqueria, it's much more homey and boisterous. The wine list there is indeed really memorable.

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