Spanish food and Dim Sum
Sorry for the multi parter but I am going to NYC in May with the boyfriend who has never been. I'm there about once a year and am pretty familiar with many of chowhounds' beloved restaurants however, I've never come across any good recommendations for Spanish restaurants.
And since it's been 2 years since my last visit, I was hoping to get updated recs for the best dim sum.
Our budget is very flexible! And we are open to all areas of Manhattan. Thank you!
Tapas is the way to go for good Spanish in NYC. But if you insist on restaurants with non-tapas large-portion dishes, I'll recommend Sevilla in the W Village and La Nacional in Chelsea.
239 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
62 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
For Basque inspired tapas, El Quinto Pino or Txikito are excellent but not cheap (no reservations). I also like Casa Mono a whole lot but it's not traditional Spanish tapas (they take reservations, call a month in advance to the numerical date). For traditional Spanish tapas, not Basque, I usually go to Boqueria (no reservations except for larger groups). There's also Degustation (call to ereserve) which is Spanish influenced small plates.
For best dim sum, Chinatown Brasserie but it's a) not in Chinatown; b) pricey; c) you order off a menu. The dumplings are exquisite but small. More like precious jewels. Delicious, though. A notch down would be Dim Sum Go Go. Maybe Red Egg. Otherwise, the good stuff is in Flushing, Queens (check out Guang Zhou restaurant). But compared to Hong Kong or the west coast (Southern California, Vancouver, etc.) NYC dim sum is only OK overall.
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
Dim Sum Go Go
5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038
El Quinto Pino
401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Not so fast my friend! Tao Garden in Chandler is as good as the stuff in the San Gabriel valley and better than most places in NY Chinatown. There are a handful of others in the Chandler/Mesa area that are in the same category of quality. Still, there is no place like New York Chinatown for the combination of ambiance (and I don't mean upscale) and decent Chinese food.