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Spanish Food in Lower Manhattan 30s-LES

jmrotlewicz Apr 14, 2009 11:09 AM

I am looking for a spanish restaurant to go out for dinner with my family and husband for my birthday. I love tapas. I do not want anything outrageously expensive, something moderate. I also love really good sangria. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank you!


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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: jmrotlewicz Apr 14, 2009 11:33 AM

    plenty of good options:

    Casa Mono
    Ñ 33 Crosby
    Alta (more Mediterranean than traditional Spanish, but great sangria)

    1. Yaqo Homo RE: jmrotlewicz Apr 14, 2009 11:35 AM

      I am bit confused by your thread title, particular the "30s" part.

      Are you saying that you would like Spanish food in Lower Manhattan *or* in the LES *or* in midtown in the 30s, or even in the "lower 30s"?

      Or are you just looking for a tapas bar in the Lower East Side where someone in their 30s can have a good time, unecumbered by annoying college kids or old geezers? :-)

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: Yaqo Homo Apr 14, 2009 11:42 AM

        i *think* the OP means a location anywhere from the 30's down to the LES. at least that's what i assumed when i read the post.

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          Yaqo Homo RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 14, 2009 11:52 AM

          In that case, I often recommend Pata Negra in the East Village for a very intimate and authentic experience, but you must love jamon.

          But that place is small, so if there are a lot you, maybe somewhere like Mercat might be a pleasant choice.

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        Hurner RE: jmrotlewicz Apr 14, 2009 12:02 PM



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          melissabeth115 RE: jmrotlewicz Apr 14, 2009 12:13 PM

          La Nacional on 14th st between 7th and 8th aves. They have the most authentic paella that i've had in the city. Also for appetizers, the garlic shrimp is fantastic!

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            CMG920 RE: jmrotlewicz Apr 14, 2009 01:56 PM

            I really like Pipa and Alta.
            Casa Mono is also good
            For old school Spanish food, I love El Pote

            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

            64 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

            38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

            El Pote Espanol
            718 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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              jmrotlewicz RE: CMG920 Apr 14, 2009 02:14 PM

              Thank you!

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              Simon RE: jmrotlewicz Apr 14, 2009 02:18 PM

              Tia Pol for tapas

              La Nacional for paella

              n33 is a cute bar, but the food is merely average...

              when you say "with my family", how many people are you talking about, and what ages?...for example, some tapas places are really crowded bars that don't really work for kids...

              i'd say based on what you've said so far, La Nacional might be the one...

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                jmrotlewicz RE: Simon Apr 14, 2009 03:03 PM

                when I say with my family I mean with my parents- they are in their 60's and my husband and I are in our mid 20's.

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                  planetjess RE: jmrotlewicz Apr 14, 2009 03:34 PM

                  Seconding La Nacional, even beyond the paella, which I can't have. The dining room is small and cozy (sort of half-subterranean, like a garden apartment) and is exactly the kind of place I'd love to settle in for a few hours to chat with family and not worry about a thing. They have a good variety of traditional Spanish tapas and entrees and the service is very friendly--neither the food nor the atmosphere is the least bit hip, but I've done more than one gently priced special occasion here and have always left full and happy.

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