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best tapas in manhattan

Hi looking for best tapas bar in mahattan on nsunday night..
please give me some idea..

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  1. Txikito is my favorite. Basque tapas and very fun. Also like Tia Pol.
    JeremyEG
    HomeCookLocavore.com

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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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    1. re: JeremyEG

      +1 and I concur with Txikito.

      +1 on Boqueria as well. Wine list here is better and has more offerings in terms of reasonable not the-run-of-the-mill nor overly popular producers.

      Adding Tia Pol as another good tapas place.

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

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

      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      1. re: JeremyEG

        I also would throw Tapeo 29 into the conversation. It's a small cozy place that that is owned by a husband and wife who do a really good job with the food. If you are not sure about my review i would urge you to try their happy hour. It is 7 days a week(mon-fri 5-8pm & Sat-sun 5-7) which includes a list of $5 & $6 tapas and half of mohitos,caparhinas, margaritas. Also every beer is $3(corona,negro,amstel,guiness,stella,brooklyn....etc.). I have not eating at a lot of tapas places so i would be interested to see what everyone thinks

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        Tapeo 29
        29 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

      2. Second Txikito. It's the most ambitious and best executed IMO. Not cheap, and there can sometimes be a long wait. But it's worth it. If you don't want Basque style though, I'd say next best is Boqueria. I have been really liking the one in Soho lately.

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

        Txikito
        240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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        1. re: kathryn

          Kathryn,
          What are your faves at Boqueria? I thought their croquetas were not very good and haven't had much else. I want to give it another shot though.
          JeremyEG
          HomeCookLocavore.com

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

          1. re: JeremyEG

            I think Txikito has the best jamon croquettas in the city and other renditions just don't seem to stand up to theirs.

            At Boqueria, I'd avoid the pan con tomate. I actually like the bacalao fritters a whole lot, alongside the lamb, squid, spinach, shisito peppers, and egg with chorizo on toast.

        2. I like Pipa on E 19 St. Great food and live music with a pretty good Flamenco dancer. Ole!!

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          Pipa
          38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: Motosport

            I have to disagree with Pipa....not at all traditional tapas, kind of mediocre. It may be a fun place to hang out, but if the thread is about the best tapas, they will not be found at Pipa.

            I agree with Tia Pol and Txikito - I'd even add La Nacional if you are looking for locale authenticity.

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

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

            Pipa
            38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

            1. re: Barcelonian

              I enjoyed Pipa: the food, atmosphere and entertainment.
              We're just back from 2 weeks in Sevilla and Barcelona. We ate at many Tapas places. Some great, some not as great but all good. We had a wide variety of dishes. What is "traditional" tapas?

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              Pipa
              38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

          2. I really like Las Ramblas. I've been to Boqueria (which I wanted to love, but just couldn't), La Nacional (some dishes were actually quite good and authentic), Pipa (hit or miss and not authentic), Tia Pol (not all authentic, but I really like this place, too), Txikito (haven't been in awhile, but I remember it being good). I lived in Barcelona for 4 months and while no place that I've been to in Manhattan really compares to what I had in Spain, I think Las Ramblas reminds me the most of my time in Spain.

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

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

            Pipa
            38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

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

            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: kim e

              I took a look at the Las Ramblas menu and only saw a few items that looked familiar to the places in Baecelona, go figure? It's all good. I'll have to try it soon.

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

              1. re: Motosport

                hmm...I ate at very local tapas bars mostly in the San Gervasi/Gracia neighborhood where I lived, which are tucked away from the touristy areas (i.e. Las Ramblas area -- ironic, right?). While the menu at Las Ramblas has a few items that aren't authentic, namely the lamb chops that are always on their chalkboard special menu and sangria, which is absolutely not authentic, their menu definitely resonates more authenticity than most other places in the city. I guess everyone has their own take on tapas.

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

                1. re: kim e

                  We couldn't find a bad meal in Sevilla or Barcelona. We've got a pretty good eye for avoiding the tourist traps and eating where the locals eat.
                  One place, Celler de Tapas, in Pla├ža Universitat, had some very creative and unique non traditional dishes. A memorable meal.

                  1. re: Motosport

                    I too ate at Celler de Tapas and agree with you--did you find Cervercia Catalana? A first rate tapas place...sorry though to say, I don't really think NYC gets any kind of bacaloa that can come near what one gets in Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid, etc...If anyone can point to a place that really comes close, I'd much appreciate hearing about it.

                    1. re: penthouse pup

                      Didn't get to Cervercia Catalana. So many restaurants! So little time! We were only there for a week.

                2. re: Motosport

                  The atmosphere and menu at Las Ramblas remind me more of Madrid than Barcelona but I can't quite put my finger on why. (We honeymooned for 2 weeks in Spain, hitting up Madrid, Barcelona, and San Sebastian).

                  I think the food is maybe more rustic, heavier (slightly) and home-style? I like it but I find other places around town to be much more refined.

                  Any specific items that you seek, tapas-wise?

                3. re: kim e

                  I second Las Ramblas- amazing food, even when busy. Service is warm and friendly. Lovely wine list! It might be (dare I say it) one of my favorite places to go out for dinner in Manhattan.
                  Also, recently went to Ata recently- very different style of tapas, but we were a large group and tried probably about 35 dishes, ranging from good to amazing

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

                4. Caliu is pretty underrated on this board, I think. The chef is from Boqueria. From what I've tried of each, I think Caliu is actually slightly better in terms of food, right now. (The lamb bacon flatbread dish is fantastic.) The wine list at Boqueria is probably stronger.

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

                  Caliu
                  557 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

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                  1. re: michelleats

                    A terrific tapas place. Friendly, efficient service. Delicious tapas. Paella had its own twist as it was well seasoned, had chick peas and was moist.

                    We were very happy with everything and recommend it, including the Can Blau wine.

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                    Caliu
                    557 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

                    1. re: michelleats

                      Michelleats....I have to agree..I just went there for my 1st visit this past Tues night and the flavors are absolutely amazing! My group of 3 must have had at least 15+ dishes and I honestly could not find fault with ONE of them! These guys are truly amazing with what they prepare..I eat out often and can truly say Caliu is now my favorite restaurant in the city as far as flavorful dishes!

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                      Caliu
                      557 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

                      1. re: RayP

                        You and Lady Gaga, both, evidently. =) I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

                    2. Casa Mono is tapas of a whole different sort - and it is quite excellent.

                      http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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                      Casa Mono
                      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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                      1. re: uhockey

                        Sadly my last meal there was mostly OK-to-good.

                        1. re: kathryn

                          Agree. Casa Mono was sadly medoiocre the two times I've been. Such potential that just fell short. Tia Pol and their sister resto are still tops on our tapas list.

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

                          1. re: cubanat

                            i don't think Casa Mono was ever good...snotty service, deafening loud, uneven (e.g. wildly oversalted) dishes w/ the occassional tasty item...

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                            Casa Mono
                            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

                      2. Old school Solera is suprisingly good.

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

                        1. I like Socarrat in Chelsea and Despana downtown. Socarrat also has good paella, so I order both tapas dishes and a paella for 2. Despana is smaller and less formal. I watched the World Cup there this past year and it was fantastic.

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                          Despana
                          408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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

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                          1. re: citykid426

                            Good call on Depspana. Fun to eat there and then shop to make stuff at home too!
                            JeremyEG
                            HomeCookLocavore.com

                            1. re: JeremyEG

                              Depends on how early a Sunday dinner the OP wants. Despana closes at 6.

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                              Despana
                              408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

                          2. Just went to Txikito last week. Three people, two bottles of wine, about 12 plates of food = amazing experience. My favorite was the octopus crudo.

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                            Txikito
                            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                            1. Txikito is my personal favorite now having tried it over the weekend, though it had its ups and downs- the canape style sandwich with chorizo, saffron, and fried quail egg was excellent (I could have eaten five more) -, the morcilla pouches (described by our server as a blood sausage egg roll) was interesting and tasty but nowhere near the best rendition I've had - the mussels and white bean dish was incredibly addictive and definitely the highlight (I think we had to order a second round of bread to finish the rich sauce) - the squid ribbons interesting (a bit strange for me but my wife loved it) and the fries with spicy cod roe sauce was the perfect side. With a Coney Island Pilsner and a glass of red, it was a great meal.

                              Casa Mono was such a disappointment last time I went. Oversalted and Overdone. There was no delicate hand with the flavors and everything seemed in competition. Outside of the interesting menu with exotic offals and ingredients, this is a waste of time and money. The service was terrible too

                              I do also like Boqueria; since its right near where I get my suits made, I head over there often to enjoy some of their less ambitious, but still downright tasty, tapas and some vino.

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                              Casa Mono
                              52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

                              Txikito
                              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                              1. I've been wanting to make Txikito, now all the more. Last time I went to Tia Pol, it was very good.
                                Boqueria is too much scene. Casa Mono was very weak and snooty.
                                We quite enjoyed Mercat on Bond.

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                                Mercat
                                45 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

                                1. Finally got to Txikito. It was most excellent. Also new to me and very good is Pata Negra on East 12. More towards the pork side of things with an excellent wine choice. Tiny, fun and popular.

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                                  Pata Negra
                                  345 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                                  Txikito
                                  240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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                                  1. re: Fritz

                                    I've been wanting to try Pata Negra before.

                                    Your update (thanks!) may just very well be the enabler.

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                                    Pata Negra
                                    345 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                                    1. re: RCC

                                      Pata Negra is certainly worth a visit, combined with terroir just a little east makes for a top notch wine and snack evening.

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                                      Pata Negra
                                      345 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                                      Terroir
                                      413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009