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Are there any nice spanish restaruants?

shanae Apr 2, 2008 09:05 AM

In brooklyn or Manhattan?
Does anyone know any spanish recipes?

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    nycgirl08 RE: shanae Apr 2, 2008 09:12 AM

    nice as in the decor? i enjoy going to El Pote for good spanish food. btwn 38th and 39th street on 2nd ave.

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      nycgirl08 RE: nycgirl08 Apr 2, 2008 09:14 AM


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        shanae RE: nycgirl08 Apr 2, 2008 09:26 AM

        Thanks maybe ill check it out

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          douglas525 RE: nycgirl08 Apr 5, 2008 04:11 AM

          Second El Pote. Love their veal cordon bleu and the green beans it comes with. The paella has class (I'm not exactly sure why I chose that adjective) as well. As a caveat, I haven't been there in a couple of years...but that's a schedule and location thing, not a food thing.

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          Lucia RE: shanae Apr 2, 2008 12:45 PM

          I like La Nacional. For Spanish recipes, post on the Home Cooking board.

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            theannerska RE: shanae Apr 2, 2008 01:02 PM

            Solera is great for high-end Spanish cuisine, they have a tapas bar space as well.

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              jthefoodie RE: shanae Apr 4, 2008 09:07 AM

              Pamplona, Suba, El Cid. Heard La Nacional is mediocre food but rustic Spanish mom-and-popish decor (not been myself yet).
              Always on the lookout for great Spanish, please report back!

              1. MMRuth RE: shanae Apr 4, 2008 09:15 AM

                I like Casa Mono - portions are a little bigger than tapas, but definitely "small plates". Not completely traditional, but certainly delicious. I like the room, but it small and posters often mention feeling cramped. Excellent Spanish wine list, as well.

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                  RGR RE: MMRuth Apr 4, 2008 04:48 PM

                  Yeah, I'm one of those who finds the exceedingly tight seating at Casa Mono annoying. But I do agree that the food is delicious.

                  Pamplona is my favorite Spanish restaurant though I know you and others do not share my enthusiasm for Chef/owner Alex Urena's inventive cuisine.


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                    MMRuth RE: RGR Apr 4, 2008 04:54 PM

                    Ha - thanks for saving me a reply about Pamplona ;-).

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                  cricri7 RE: shanae Apr 4, 2008 04:03 PM

                  If you are looking for a more traditional Spanish restaurant, you can try Cafe espanol on Bleecker. I had take out from this restaurant twice and loved their gaspacho and paella. My friend used to live right next door and we did take out from there and found it to be excellent.

                  There are plenty of tapas places. I tried Casa mono and liked it.

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                    RCC RE: shanae Apr 5, 2008 08:20 AM

                    We dined at Pintxos in Soho, corner of Spring and Greenwich Streets, last night. This tiny restaurant mixes in a few traditional Castillian dishes, e.g. paella, with their mostly Spanish Basque dishes. The chuletitas cordero or lamb chops are quite good and so is the solomillo, or sirloin, in blue cheese sauce.

                    The pintxos/tapas are more than decent, but I'd suggest sticking to the basics, including the sliced chorizos and the stuffed pimentos pintxos.

                    They have a small exlusively-Spanish wine list and while we only ordered a few glasses of the txakoli, as we decided to peruse an aged Rioja from my stash at $15 corkage fee per bottle (I'm glad that we brought our own stems), it was quite nice and refreshing.

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                      jh158 RE: shanae Apr 5, 2008 09:16 AM

                      Sala on Bowery is excellent! http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile...

                      1. Brian S RE: shanae Apr 5, 2008 10:19 AM

                        My favorites are Luis Bollo's Meigas, which moved from SoHo to Connecticut a few years ago http://www.meigasrestaurant.com and, even better, Casa Vasca in Newark, which I visited about ten times last year since it's very close to the PATH train.

                        and if by Spanish you mean to include Latin America, I love Rincon Criollo and Pequena Colombia in Queens and Castillo de Jagua at 111 Rivington in Manhattan.

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                          Emma01 RE: shanae Apr 5, 2008 02:50 PM

                          if you can stand the decor the el quijote under the chealsea hotel is v good go for a drink at the bar and see

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                              FuDee RE: shanae Apr 7, 2008 08:03 AM

                              I have not actually dined at Pamplona, but they have what I consider one of the greatest bargain sandwiches in NYC on their special take-out only lunch menu. It's the Chicken and Avocado sandwich on a baguette and I promise you- it is one of the best $5.95's you're gonna spend for any sandwich anywhere. So good.

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                                RGR RE: FuDee Apr 7, 2008 11:04 AM

                                Thanks for the tip, FuDee. We've never done take-out at Pamplona, so I've never seen that menu. That sandwich sounds delish. Next time we do lunch take-out, I'll keep it in mind.

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