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Apr 19, 2009 09:57 AM

Tapas tonight?


I want to go for a romantic dinner with my DH tonight. I'm in the mood for tapas. We live in the UES, but don't mind traveling. :-)

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  1. I like Pipa, Casa Mono and Alta for tapas. On the UES, it's limited. The only Spanish restaurant I can think about is La Malaga on 73rd.

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    1. re: CMG920

      Casa Mono serves Batali's take on Spanish tapas. However, while I like the food, the atmospherics are not, imo, in any way romantic.

    2. degsutation

      Euzkadi - not uber romantic but excellent

      1. Might be too late, but I have been going to this place for many years, and it is still one of my favorites.

        1. well , toinite is over ,,, where did you go? bocqueria would have been my choice

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          1. Thanks guys. We ended up going to Inoteca (the one on 3rd Ave & 24th), which as you know serves Italian "small plates." It's not particularly romantic. They have to pull the tables out so you can squeeze in (one of my pet peeves). But I did like the food & wine we had. They were kinda slow bringing the food to the table, but were quick about clearing the dishes. We had a cheese plate, rucola salad, spaghettini with ramps, bruschette plate (I especially loved the fig & mascarpone. The pesto was also excellent),lasagnette, fried risotto balls, and a nutella panino for dessert.

            I went to Degustation for my birthday. We did the 5 course tasting menu with the 5 course wine tasting. I liked 4 out of 5 courses, there was one fish course I wasn't too keen on. I really loved the torija. I felt rushed with the courses, even though the restaurant wasn't too crowded. They were filling my glass with the wine for the next course before I finished, the course & still had 1/2 a glass of wine sitting on the table.
            But it was fun watching them cook. The chef is really cute!

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            1. re: Little Cupcake

              Romantic it is not, you are right. You can barely hear yourself think in there.