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Tapas at Las Ramblas, NYC

My husband and I recently ate at Las Ramblas, which is on West 4th Street near 6th Avenue. We had been craving Spanish Tapas since visiting Barcelona last summer. We truly enjoyed this very tiny place. the menu is all tapas, some cold and some hot. They also offer specials each day. Prices ranged from $5 per plate up to $14, depending on the item. We had 9 plates between the two of us along with several glasses of Cava to wash them down. We had the duck sausage on a skewer with quail eggs, pimento and pearl onion; baby lamb chops grilled; shrimp in an amazing garlic sauce; beef on a stick; grilled sardines (amazing); scallops with ham; the Spanish omelet; a couple of others that escape me; and dessert (they do't have much to choose from) my husband had the orange scented custard (their version of creme brulee) and I had assorted berries sauteed in grand marnie with chocolate drizzle and whipped creme. A very nice evening before heading uptown to see a show. They do not take reservations, it is a very small place that filled up quickly. We arrived early around 5:30pm ish as we had a show to see after. They did not rush us even though many were entering al the while we ate. As we ate, they continued to bring "french bread" to us for the sauces and replace dirty dishes/flatware and clean the table. All in all, a nice experience.

We welcome and other suggestions regarding Spanish Tapas in NYC or Queens or even Long Island.

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Las Ramblas
170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Hilary, to ask about Queens and Long Island, you'll have to post on other boards -- this one's strictly about Manhattan.

    Have you tried any of the other places recommended to you here, when you posted previously?
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/642164

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    1. re: kathryn

      Goodness, we had the most mediocre and uninspiring meal at Las Ramblas last night. We started with the mini bocadillos. Pretty good, but not earth shattering. They actually made me a little ornery as the molten manchego burnt my finger a little. Then we had the ensalada with pulpo, which was the only time in recent memory I can't remember finishing octopus. It was tough, chewy and not on a bed of Mediterranean salad as advertised, but was rather mixed in with all the vegetables. The combination certainly didn't sing. We also had the grilled head on prawns, which were listed as served with cava vinegar, ginger, & basil. Instead, they poor prawns were drowned in an extremely salty sauce of basil, tomatoes and peppers; almost inedible. The taste of the prawns was masked by the overpowering sauce. Finally, we had one of the specials which was baby lamb chops. They were serviceable, but a bit overcooked and served with bland purple potatoes.
      It was disappointing not only because it was good money spent on a bad meal, but one that was intended to be celebratory too. Tragedia!

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      Las Ramblas
      170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

    2. I highly recommend Boqueria in SoHo or the Flatiron. The chef/owner there, Seamus Mullen, is on the semi-finalist list for the Best-Chef James Beard Award. The restaurant and the chef there are both amazing. There's really no other choice for tapas!

      www.inbundles.com

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

      Boqueria
      171 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. I love Las Ramblas. They have my favorite Spanish beer (la Estrella de Galicia), excellent croquetas, decent tortilla, and the service is friendly and fun. It feels like a real Spanish bar: people crowding in and out, etc. I'm glad it is still thriving.

          1. Are any of the restaurants mentioned in all of these posts family-friendly (for a 4 year old and a 7 year old?)

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            1. re: Catherinenyc

              I think if you go early enough (before 6PM) to most of these places, you'll be fine. My son is 2.5 and we've been to Boqueria and Tia Pol with him. I imagine Mercat, which if I remember right had normal seats, as opposed to bar stools, would also work.

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              Tia Pol
              205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              Mercat
              45 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

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

              1. re: FattyDumplin

                Aren't the majority of the seats at Tia Pol still bar stools?

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                Tia Pol
                205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                1. re: RCC

                  yeah, as is boqueria. OP's kids are 4 and 7 so i figured bar stools work, but wanted to highlight that mercat has normal seats. barstools probably not the safest for a 2.5 year old, but i love tapas too much to not go to these places!

              2. re: Catherinenyc

                as i've said before, most places are kid friendly to kids that are restaurant friendly

              3. Just wanted to jump in, that a friend and I were in Manhattan in early January, and we tried Las Ramblas and LOVED it! Previous reviewers must have been in on an off-night, because every dish we got was absolutely delicious, we were mopping up every molecule of sauces with our bread. Tiny little place that filled up quick, get there early. We had 5 plates between the two of us, Ensalada w/ pulpo, boquerones, gambas, espinaca, and the cuttlefish. Nothing was overdone or chewy... Pretty good wine list, too. Would go back, for sure!

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                Las Ramblas
                170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014