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SMALL PLATES/TAPAS dilemna - recs needed

brooklynbyotch Jan 28, 2010 07:20 PM

Having dinner with a friend in Manhattan next week and we're looking for good small plates/tapas - can be Spanish, Italian or Asian variety. The key is we want to share lots of little things -- BUT -- and here's the catch, we'd like to do it without spending upwards of $70 each and still have good food. C-Hounds whaddaya got?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: brooklynbyotch Jan 28, 2010 07:51 PM

    search the board for discussions about the following:
    Bar Jamon
    Kuma Inn

    they're your best bets for being able to share/sample lots of good food at <70 pp.

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      kathryn RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 29, 2010 11:10 AM

      Seconding Kuma Inn (ate there a few weeks ago and I think it was only $50 each for the two of us, and it's BYOB).

    2. smokeandapancake RE: brooklynbyotch Jan 29, 2010 07:25 AM

      nick's ouzaria (if greek interests you)
      bar stuzzichini

      1. ttoommyy RE: brooklynbyotch Jan 29, 2010 08:03 AM

        For Italian, I find Otto to be the best for small plates. I know I'll take heat for this, but their antipasti, verdure and meats are some of the best in the US. Always fresh tasting and almost as good as you will get in Italy.

        I like bar Stuzzichini also, but I have NEVER had really good service at this place.

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          kathryn RE: ttoommyy Jan 29, 2010 11:11 AM

          I also find the pasta at Otto to be good as well as the gelato. I tend to stay away from the pizza and focus on the antipasti, pasta, and gelato.

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            gutsofsteel RE: kathryn Jan 29, 2010 11:12 AM

            The gelato is to die for. And that wine list....by the quartino....fablous. And excellent cheese and salumi....

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          gutsofsteel RE: brooklynbyotch Jan 29, 2010 08:14 AM


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            chow_gal RE: gutsofsteel Jan 29, 2010 08:27 AM

            Blue Ribbon Downing Street Wine Bar
            Las Ramblas

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              ttoommyy RE: gutsofsteel Jan 29, 2010 08:28 AM

              Gottino and 'inoteca are excellent suggestions.

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                kathryn RE: gutsofsteel Jan 29, 2010 11:13 AM

                Love 'inoteca, but hate waiting for 'inoteca! The LES one is very popular, maybe try the one up on 23rd Street instead? The uptown one takes reservations whereas the LES one doesn't.


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                  gutsofsteel RE: kathryn Jan 29, 2010 11:22 AM

                  You know I went to that one on 23rd St and I don't like it nearly as much. DEAFENINGLY loud, tables way too close together, very rushed and inattentive service...

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                srr636 RE: brooklynbyotch Jan 29, 2010 09:37 AM

                How has nobody recommended Alta in W. Village? It's an international small plates restaurant. The food may not be worth of a Michelin star or a 27 in Zagat, but I've always really enjoyed my dinner there (the lamb meatballs are phenomenal) and everytime the check comes, I am always pleasantly surprised by how low it is. Upside, reasonable wine list and good (strong) cocktails for $10 a piece. Plus the atmosphere is great - very cozy/cute. Ask to be seated upstairs or in front of the fireplace.

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                  calconscious RE: srr636 Jan 29, 2010 10:39 AM

                  Second Alta - when out of town guest come in - there is the inevitable stop at Alta and so far everyone has enjoyed it. don't for get the cheese & honey as well as the brussel sprouts - agreed it is reasonably priced - but the cash only can be a pain to remember ... they may take amer. expr. which i don't have - if you go it's good to ask that.

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                  Pookipichu RE: brooklynbyotch Jan 29, 2010 09:52 AM

                  Chinatown Brasserie - Excellent dimsum, ribs, peking duck. All fun to share.

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                    kathryn RE: Pookipichu Jan 29, 2010 11:14 AM

                    Do note that they are in a transitional period right now...

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