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May 6, 2009 07:00 PM

Best Spanish in NYC

65th birthday - looking for best Spanish in Man. or B'klyn.
any help?

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  1. mike
    Your group really should take a nice trip to SI and dine at Espana. Great food, delicious, house made sangria. Gracious service and plenty of free parking.
    Wherever you go, have a great celebration!.

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    1. re: Tay

      menu looked interesting, until i saw there is no green sauce? What gives? That's my favorite sauce preparation...

      1. re: janie

        My sister would agree with you. She loves salmon in green sauce. :-) I imagine they would/could probably create it to order but their offered dishes are so delicious I'd wager you'd find something else to appeal to your palate. Just their house bottled sangria alone is worth a visit . For green sauce we go to La Candela on Amboy Rd. or Real Madrid on Forest Ave.. Both have good food but are not on the same level as Espana.

    2. I would definitely recommend Boqueria, Socarrat or Tia Pol in Manhattan. Those three are the closest you are gonna get to spanish cuisine in this city....but beware, they tend to get packed.

      1. This probably won't help, but by far the best Spanish (other than tapas) I've had "near" the city has been at Casa Vasca in Newark.

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        1. re: Peter Cherches

          Is it still really good there? I had heard it was way downhill from what it used to be. How's their shrimp in green sauce?

          1. re: janie

            I've only had the clams in green sauce--excellent. But the weekend specials are really wonderful--last time we had a rabbit stew and suckling pig. The pulpo a la Gallega is the best I've had outside of Spain.

          2. re: Peter Cherches

            I've been to casa vasca and i've been to spain. i ate a lot of food in both places and while i had a good time at vasca, it really doesn't even remotely resemble what i think of as good spanish food. it seemed to me more like an american red-sauce take on spanish food. pretty tasty, reasonably priced, very loud, lots of fun, but not that different in either vibe or taste spectrum from any neapolitan red sauce place in the bronx or brooklyn. i'm sure people will disagree and say that vasca is authentic basque food, but even if it is authentic, except for a few isolated dishes, it is, on the whole, not that good and not really worth the schlep to newark. our trip was made more worthwhile by a visit to a local liquor store that had an incredible selection of ports, many of which they let us try. given all the great neighborhoods and restaurants in queens, i thought the trip was a bit like schlepping coals to newcastle. so, if your dying for spanish food, try one of the tapas places in the city. or just wait until you go to spain. without a contemporary spanish immigration, i don't think nyc will see a great spanish place in its near future.

            1. re: yussdov

              we had a disappointing night at Casa Vasca a year or so ago and I dont expect to be back soon. I didnt care for the green and brandy sauces, and there was too much of everything without there being a high quality of anything. the only truly good dish was a friend's goat, a huge plate of it. Clams were all right too, but No salads on offer or anything a vegetarian friend could eat.

          3. I've been to Sevilla a few times and others have told me that it's fairly authentic Spanish food, and it's not a tapas place (if that's what you're looking to avoid). I was at Xunta last night for Tapas and it was quite good as usual. As mentioned in a previous post, Boqueria is also good and it's a bit more upscale then the other two places. None of these places are very big, so reservations most likely will be necessary, depending on the size of your party. If you have any additional details, I'm sure CH'ers can help you find a place.

            53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

            62 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

            507 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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            1. re: solidgold

              I secind the recommendation for SEVILLA. On a charming corner in the Vuillage, thisOld School, Old World Spanish restaurant has been around forever. Nothing slick about it, just very good food, and fine service.

              . Don't fail to order the authentic Spanish Tortilla as an appetizer. I don't think it is on the Menu, but they always make it for us. It is enough for 4. We especially love the Lobster Paella. The Sangria is excellent.

              1. re: Fleur

                Thanks all for the suggestions - we may wind up first going for
                some tapas and then to Sevilla.

                Thanks again

                1. re: mike in brooklyn

                  I've found that Sevilla has gone steadily downhill over the years, and for the past 10 years at least I've found them to be awful. They were good in the '70s and '80s. I personally wouldn't recommend it to anybody these days.

                  I find that the tiny Las Ramblas on W. 4th just west of 6th Ave. has some of the best tapas in the city without the flash or buzz of some of the other places, but it's very tiny and only backless bar stools.

                2. re: Fleur

                  wow, I remember going there in the early-mid 70s with a friend. Old school indeed.

              2. A friend pointed me to a review in today's NY Post of La Fonda del Sol