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Jul 17, 2009 10:24 AM

Best Spanish Food in Manhattan


I am trying to find a good Spanish place (as in food from Spain) to take some family from out of town. They are real foodies so I am hoping to wow them a little. I have gone to Boqueria and liked it but wanted to see if anyone has other suggestions? Does Casa Mono, for example, trump Boqueria? How does the recently NY Times reviewed La Fonda del Sol measure up? Are there any other dinning gems out there I haven't thought of? Thanks!

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  1. tapas: Tia Pol
    paella: La Nacional

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    1. re: Simon

      had dinner at tia pol for the first time thursday night. cozy bar, good wine selection. food at the tiny two-top was very good: sweet breads in a delicious tomato and sweet corn sauce, head-on shrimp, wonderful patatas bravas, razor clams with cockles, croquetas and a killer suckling pig. cava before the meal and a wonderful evodia (bottle) with the meal. jorge ordonez dessert wine went with the pera.

      staff was pleasant and helpful. we'll be back.

      1. SeƱor Swanky's

        Just kidding.

        I'm partial to La Nacional. Otherwise, Tia Pol, La Rambla and Boqueria all do good job.
        I've been in Pamplona/Barcelona/Cadaques for the last two weeks FWIW.

        1. Yes--IMO Casa Mono does indeed trump Boqueria. While I have enjoyed the food at Boqueria, I think of Casa Mono as less of a party spot and more of a true food destination. The fact that Casa Mono is tiny and has a different kind of vibe probably adds to that impression, but I also think that food there is just more creative and special.

          1. Another vote for La Nacional.
            I love the atmosphere there, and the food is very good (not to die for but always good)
            The atmosphere is what sets it apart

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            1. re: NellyNel

              What is the atmosphere like? I have business associates coming in from Australia and want to eat at a Spanish restaurant. Would La Nacional be a good choice for this?

              1. re: binkis

                Hmm - well it's different - you do get the feeling you are dining in Madrid . When you approach the address you have to do a double-take - there is no restaurant front, you have to walk into a hallway, and then into a big "social club" room. Paneled walls, tv's and card tables, the only thing missing these days is the smoke. It's quite brilliant, but then they show into a tiny very lovely and cozy room, with rustic wood tables. Be sure to reserve to make sure you get a seat in the dining room; on the weekends and busy nights, the "social club" room is filled with diners as well.
                I would have to say yes, I would reccommend it for your associates. It would be a unique NY experience.