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Need info on good tapas places after a Saturday matinee..

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Going to a Saturday matinee (South Pacific) in a few weeks and would like to go to a tapas restaurant. The theater is on 65th. I don't think there are any good places in that area, so we're open to going to other areas. Just want really good food. My husband and I went to Barcelona two years ago and were blown away by the food. Any chance of finding food like that in NYC??? Thanks, Amy

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  1. I was in Barcelona for my honeymoon in July and the food there is mindblowing (particularly LOVED Bar Pinotxo, Cinc Sentits, Inopia, and Quimet i Quimet).

    There's nothing quite like it in NYC so it depends more if you crave a certain specific dish (like padron peppers or croquetas or pan con tomate) or just want something to scratch the itch with something delicious but not actually traditional/authentic (like Casa Mono), knowing you can't replicate Barcelona in NYC.

    I love Casa Mono but it's totally not traditional at all, although it is a bit loud, cramped, like some of the great spots in Barcelona. Txikito is very good but a bit overpriced, and more Basque style. But, hey, you can get that lovely txacoli wine. Boqueria is good, not great, a notch below Casa Mono and Txikito but still good, and the most traditional of the places I've tried. I like Alta but the menu is really all over the place, and it's also non-traditional. Degustation is excellent, I loved it, but it's much more modern/nouveau and creative.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/642164
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/581954

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    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks Kathryn for the advice. I guess we'd like something more traditional. I looked at Boqueria's menu and their selections seem to be what we want. Funny that you mention padron peppers, that was my husband's favorite dish in Barcelona. I hope they have them at Boqueria. He also loved the octopus, hot or cold. I loved everything. By the way, there are two locations for Boqueria, any preference for one or the other?
      I don't think Boqueria takes reservations but the show ends at 5:00 so it'll be early enough when we get to the restaurant.
      Thaks again.
      Amy

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      Boqueria
      53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: amyr

        I think the Soho location of Boqueria is a bit bigger/newer, but the Flatiron location is nice too, and you can go for a drink at the Flatiron Lounge, too before/after.

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        Boqueria
        53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

        Flatiron Lounge
        37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    2. alta is another good option. you can ask to be seated near the fire place.

      1. Cafe Ronda is near Lincoln Center and offers tapas, though with more of an Argentine inspiration, some of which I like even better than the Spanish originals (morcilla and empanadas in particular).

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        Cafe Ronda
        249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

        1. if you are willing to try greek tapes, try nick's ouzaria
          www.unclenicksouzaria.com/

          1. Thanks guys, very good recs. I have a lot to think about.
            Amy