Best upscale Spanish a short cab ride to Lincoln Center?
Looking for an early dinner before the opera. Looking for romantic, upscale and Spanish!
The new spot in Time Warner Center is out. I want something old worldy and authentic.
There's a new Spanish spot in the Time Warner Center? There's a new Italian spot, A Voce?
There's very little Spanish (as opposed to Mexican or Latin American) on the UWS. Closest is probably something in Hell's Kitchen, I guess. Maybe La Fonda Del Sol?
All the other ones I can think of are on the east side and are also much further downtown. And a lot of the popular Spanish restaurants in Manhattan are noisy, crowded, and don't really shout "romantic" to me (Boqueria Soho, Boqueria Flatiron, Casa Mono, Tia Pol, Txikito, Pamplona, etc.)
there is an Argentinean tapas place on Columbus/71st called Cafe Ronda that i like a lot...it's not Spanish-from-Spain (although they serve paella, i've never ordered it there) and it's not upscale (prices are moderate)...but it's a comfy rustic place and one of the few reliable options in the neighborhood...the opera is a 6 or 7 minute walk away...
Therer's not much on the romantic Spanish in the city. The only ine that I know of, and which I can consider as upscale, would be Solera at Midtown East. This restaurant is on 53rd Street and 3rd Ave and is almost directly crosstown from Lincoln Center.
The food is pretty good, too.
I've not been to Fonda del Sol, but otherwise I am prepared to say that there is not one restaurant in Manhattan which is old world/authentic (let alone upscale or romantic) Spanish which is any good at all. Traditional Spanish dining in New York is awful. I think the OP needs to look either for non-Spanish recommendations near the Opera, or ask about downtown tapas spots (which are noisy, crowded and unromantic but have the only Spanish-type food worth eating in Manhattan).
Degustation is a compromise - counter dining which is fairly quiet and dignified, but in no sense is it a short cab ride from the opera.
yeah, i agree, the OP's request was a bit of a Zen koan...
it would be awesome if we had a place in NYC like Passadis del Pep in Barcelona, but that laughably distant given what is available here...
for casual fun meals. i like Tia Pol...i like La Nacional...i like the Argentine tapas at Cafe Ronda...
but upscale traditional Spanish does not really exist here...
i think we've all done that we could...
the OP either needs to pick a different, or tangentially related cuisine (i.e. the Victor's suggestion was really a nice alternative/compromise given the constraints of the question), and likely a diff neighborhood as well...