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holdthecow Apr 23, 2010 12:36 PM

hello -

Needing a quality, special occasion Spanish rec for this weekend. Perused the boards and didn't find enough consistent info re: that specific issue, only discussions about items offered at different places.

Is Solera a good choice? Would there be a reason *not* to go there? It's in the right neighborhood.

Many thanks in advance,
holdthecow

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Solera
216 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

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  1. Motosport RE: holdthecow Apr 23, 2010 01:08 PM

    We like El Pote on 2nd Av in the 30's. Never been to Solera.

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    Solera
    216 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

    El Pote Espanol
    718 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      chow_gal RE: holdthecow Apr 23, 2010 01:23 PM

      It is not. The reason NOT to go there would be that it is a dated, not very exciting venue with below average food.

      Best Spanish in the city (tapas): Tia Pol, El Quinto Pino, Txikito.

      Mercat is decent to good.

      Socarrat gest mixed reviews, most recent ones being negative. (Paella)

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

      El Quinto Pino
      401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

      Mercat
      45 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

      Socarrat
      259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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        holdthecow RE: chow_gal Apr 23, 2010 01:33 PM

        many many thanks for the options!

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          evening RE: chow_gal Apr 23, 2010 01:33 PM

          What Chow Gal said. Tia Pol, El Quinto Pino and Txikito are my best recos. Socarrat tapas is OK, but the paella is greasssssy! I hate Bocqueria, but that's due to a snooty server the first time I went soon after they opened and I havent been back ever. I know, silly reason - she's probably long gone, but the tiny pour was what prompted her snootiness and Im sure that hasnt changed. Casa Mono is also very good, but can be smokey due to the open kitchen

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          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

          El Quinto Pino
          401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

          Txikito
          240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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            kathryn RE: chow_gal Apr 23, 2010 03:00 PM

            Seconded.

            Although I think the ambiance at Mercat is the best (most "special occasion"-like). But I like the food better elsewhere.

            Of course, real tapas bars in Spain ARE often brightly lit, crowded, smoky, etc. like Casa Mono, etc.

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            Mercat
            45 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

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            RGR RE: holdthecow Apr 23, 2010 02:56 PM

            Since you mention it's a special occasion, I would recommend La Fonda del Sol. Delicious food and wonderful ambiance.

            La Fonda del Sol photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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              holdthecow RE: holdthecow Apr 23, 2010 05:29 PM

              many thanks again. I'm leaning toward Txikito - looks like a sweet space and the menu's impressive. Tia Pol is heavier on the tapas as, I think El Quinto is.....? couldn't check the site as it apparently comes with a virus! but that's what I gathered.

              thank you SO much for all of the speedy responses.

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

              Txikito
              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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                kathryn RE: holdthecow Apr 23, 2010 08:33 PM

                I love Txikito, be sure to get some txakoli. The food is authentically Basque. It is a small space, so be prepared to wait some. You can also try to get seated and eat at the bar if you want. Love the croquettas, potatoes with roe, blood sausage bundles, blistered peppers...brings me back to our honeymoon in San Sebastian. :)

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                Txikito
                240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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