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Feb 3, 2008 07:05 AM



I need a special occasion place for great Tapas. Any suggestions??

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  1. Definitely Suba. I went last month for a bday dinner and the food was incredible -- it's tapas done in a very elegant sophisticated way. And I would recommend getting the $49 'chef's choice' which means, depending on how many people in your party, you get to try practically everything on the menu. There were 4 of us and we ended up with around 10 small plates and 3 large paellas to share plus dessert. Some favorites were the potato croquettes, octopus, tuna tartare, and the pork belly. It's a really great deal for the quality of food you get and the space is very nice, I can't recommend it highly enough.

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    1. re: 1uc7

      SO over-priced. It is a beautiful setting, though it kinda smells like chlorine in the dining room. Tapas is supposed to be fun and if you are going to go all upscale, than at least come up with some interesting bites. Making a dime-sized croquette that you can find at any one of Manhattan's million tapas places and charging three times as much doesn't make it any better.

      If I had to recommend a place for tapas, I'd say Tia Pol, but maybe it is not special occasion enough for you.

      1. re: 1uc7

        Try Boqueria on West 19th street between 5th & 6th. Great tapas menu and fabulous sangria and wine. Prices are moderate and the atmosphere is fun.

        1. re: skepner169

          Same owner as Suba. Tapas are very good and the churros are to die for. I still think it's a bit over-priced and the atmosphere is much more casual than Suba and a bit more sterile. Still find it a bit over-priced for what it is, but maybe that's because I'm still new to NY.

          Tia Pol still has what I find to be the best croquettes in the city.

          If you're ever in Seattle, check out The Harvest Vine. If you want to try amazing tapas, that's the place to go...

      2. A number of good discussions about the various options here:

        My favorite is Casa Mono, but I don't think of it as a "special occasion place" necessarily. Pamplona has been discussed a bit - with mixed reviews - but seems to have some interesting tapas and may be more "upscale".

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        1. re: MMRuth

          I just went to Pamplona for lunch, and would not recommend it.

        2. Azafran on Warren Street in Tribeca is wonderful.

          1. We enjoy Tia Pol. Try their white sangria too. Heather the owner is usually there. She always treats us very well.

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            1. re: MIKELOCK34

              here's a second for Tia Pol. really great spot. had a fanatstic pork shoulder there that i still dream about.

              1. re: MIKELOCK34

                I love Tia Pol also. Squid in ink, papada (pork jowl w/ fava beans & scallions), patatas bravas, washed down with a glass of sparkling Codorniu Pino Noir or the house Sangria. Staff at the bar was wonderful.

              2. Tia Pol has great food, but it's no "special occasion place" -- the wait is long and the tables are close together.

                Mercat on Bond St might fit your requirements. Good food with a more upscale and sleek atmosphere (and price tag).

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                1. re: oolah

                  Though I was underwhelmed by Mercat (as compared to Tia Pol, Boqueria, Euzkadi, Las Ramblas and Casa Mono) I just had a very nice lunch at the Beard House with ryan Lowder, the chef/owner. But if it's special occassion tapas you want I'd go with Degustation.