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doraemon Feb 24, 2011 09:25 PM

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

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    Fritz Jun 3, 2011 12:29 PM

    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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      RCC Jun 3, 2011 12:51 PM

      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

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        Alan Henderson Jun 3, 2011 02:50 PM

        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

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      Fritz Mar 28, 2011 08:47 AM

      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

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        gwh912 Mar 16, 2011 12:58 PM

        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

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          citykid426 Mar 15, 2011 04:46 PM

          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

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            citykid426 Mar 4, 2011 02:34 PM

            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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              JeremyEG Mar 4, 2011 02:53 PM

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

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                RCC Mar 4, 2011 03:14 PM

                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

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              sushiman Feb 28, 2011 06:53 AM

              Old school Solera is suprisingly good.

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

              1. uhockey Feb 25, 2011 01:57 PM

                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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                  kathryn Feb 25, 2011 03:58 PM

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

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                    cubanat Feb 26, 2011 01:49 PM

                    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

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                      Simon Mar 27, 2011 06:07 PM

                      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

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                  michelleats Feb 25, 2011 12:16 PM

                  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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                    tsiblis Mar 26, 2011 06:10 PM

                    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

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                      RayP Apr 1, 2011 05:09 PM

                      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

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                        michelleats Apr 1, 2011 10:01 PM

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

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                      kim e Feb 25, 2011 10:27 AM

                      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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                        Motosport Feb 25, 2011 10:37 AM

                        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

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                          kim e Feb 25, 2011 10:54 AM

                          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

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                            Motosport Feb 25, 2011 11:17 AM

                            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 Plaça Universitat, had some very creative and unique non traditional dishes. A memorable meal.

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                              penthouse pup Feb 25, 2011 04:28 PM

                              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.

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                                Motosport Feb 25, 2011 04:32 PM

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

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                            kathryn Feb 25, 2011 12:06 PM

                            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?

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                            heinlein42 Feb 27, 2011 05:44 PM

                            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. Motosport Feb 25, 2011 06:36 AM

                            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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                              Barcelonian Feb 25, 2011 06:41 AM

                              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

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                                Motosport Feb 25, 2011 07:28 AM

                                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

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                              kathryn Feb 25, 2011 06:06 AM

                              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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                                JeremyEG Feb 25, 2011 07:26 AM

                                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

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                                  kathryn Feb 25, 2011 07:53 AM

                                  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.

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                                JeremyEG Feb 24, 2011 10:02 PM

                                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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                                  RCC Feb 25, 2011 06:14 AM

                                  +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

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                                    noonan06 Feb 26, 2011 07:56 AM

                                    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

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