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Spanish food and Dim Sum

rhirhic Feb 14, 2011 11:15 AM

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!

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    kathryn RE: rhirhic Feb 14, 2011 12:04 PM

    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.

    Casa Mono
    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

    Chinatown Brasserie
    380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

    53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    Red Egg
    202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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      rhirhic RE: kathryn Feb 14, 2011 12:22 PM

      Thanks so much Kathryn! I've added Txikito to our list and I will check out the Dim Sum places.

      I have been to Degustation and already have plans to return!

      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      1. re: rhirhic
        kathryn RE: rhirhic Feb 14, 2011 12:47 PM

        You might also be interested in shopping into Despana (retail store) if shopping for Spanish goods appeals to you (not sure what you have at home). They have awesome chorizo that they make in Queens.

        408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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          RCC RE: kathryn Feb 14, 2011 01:35 PM

          Despana also has a mini-tapas bar. Pretty good and quite authentic, too.

          408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

        2. re: rhirhic
          scoopG RE: rhirhic Feb 14, 2011 02:08 PM

          Any Chinese here will be head and shoulders above Phoenix!

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            Chandavkl RE: scoopG Feb 14, 2011 02:28 PM

            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.

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              scoopG RE: Chandavkl Feb 14, 2011 03:01 PM

              Oops! Last time In Phoenix I headed straight for Kai - a Native American restaurant.

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                Chandavkl RE: scoopG Feb 14, 2011 03:05 PM

                You should have gone to Chino Bandido in Chandler instead! Actually, the jerk fried rice was OK.

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        RCC RE: rhirhic Feb 14, 2011 12:21 PM

        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.

        La Nacional
        239 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

        62 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

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          rhirhic RE: RCC Feb 14, 2011 12:26 PM

          Thanks so much! I was hoping for something similar to a Jamoneria but tapas will do. Thanks again!

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