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Dec 1, 2010 05:41 PM

Midtown West and willing to travel for "local" pub food, tapas etc.

Spending this weekend with my sister and several friends. We have dinner reservations for Saturday and Sunday night with tickets to see Wicked on Sunday. Saturday dinner is at Baulud Cafe and Sunday is at Chin Chin. Both of those requested. My Sister loves Chin Chin and our friend loves Baulud Cafe.

I would love to hear about the "local" dining scene where you do not need reservations for Monday and Tuesday night. I vision a fun Spanish tapas, upscale hotel bar scene with an appetizer. Where would the locals go to grab a bite and a glass of wine?

Chin Chin
216 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

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  1. For small plates and excellent wine with cheese pairings, try Casellula. It doesn't accept reservations for smaller groups, so you may have a wait.

    For an upscale hotel bar scene, head to the London Bar in the London Hotel or the Modern Bar Room (not in a hotel, but a museum).

    I don't have any favorite Spanish tapas restaurants in midtown west, but you might enjoy dropping by Socarrat, further south in Chelsea, for wine and tapas while waiting for a table at the communal table to try their decent-for-NYC paella. Caliu in the West Village is also pretty solid for tapas.

    401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

    259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: michelleats

      Too late for Windsor -- I wonder where he ended up going? -- but here's a writeup of Caliu for anyone interested:

      There are some very good dishes on the menu, including the "lamb bacon", which comes sandwiched in a delicious, crispy bread; paella caldosa, a soupy wintertime paella; and the simple, but very nicely executed tortilla espanola. On the downside, wines by the glass are overpriced, it can be painfully loud when the restaurant reaches even half full, and aioli is drizzled onto almost anything, sometimes in excess. When the restaurant first opened, aioli was served on the side, so you could control the amount you wanted to use. Also, perhaps it was a bad night for her or she has orders from above, but our hostess seemed unecessarily rude about where we could or could not sit and how long we could stay.

      The chef is a Boqueria alum. Caliu's menu is about on par with Boqueria's circa 2009, when I last visited that restaurant. Prices were fair. Our bill was a little more than $100, including three glasses of wine. The two of us left full.

      53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

      557 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014