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gtvlad May 25, 2011 03:46 AM

Just returned from a fabulous trip to Spain, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville & Grenada. Looking for authentic Spanish Tapas in NY. Would appreciate suggestions. Also loved the coffee in Spain, anyone know how to make it, ie. what kind of coffee to use and machine suggestions, would love to have that coffee in my own home!!

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    kathryn RE: gtvlad May 25, 2011 06:13 AM

    Las Ramblas reminds me of the Calle Cava Baja in Madrid, but the food is slightly better at Boqueria, which would not be out of place in Barcelona. But the best I've found so far is Txikito, which is more Basque. And you can make reservations! This past weekend they were serving a wonderful asparagus and poached egg dish with anchovy butter, as well as an unusual but tasty oyster mushroom carpaccio. But my new favorite thing is the chorizo toast with a sunny side up quail egg on top. Delicious and messy!

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/680331
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736498

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    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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      sushiman RE: gtvlad May 25, 2011 07:39 AM

      Txikito blows away everything else in NYC.

      Boqueria Soho has some decent stuff. I like Solera uptown, it gets little mention here.

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

      Boqueria
      171 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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        budgetrick RE: sushiman May 25, 2011 06:08 PM

        Very much in agreement regarding Solera. Never been to Spain, but my daughter has been, and she and I meet at Solera just about any time I am in town. She says it is authentic, and we both say it is good. Have only done tapas at the bar, but the dinner menu looks pretty good, too.

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

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          chewbie RE: sushiman May 25, 2011 07:38 PM

          I ate at Txikito last weekend and really enjoyed it. We had a large group and tried: ribeye (special), croquetas, salted basque cod, lamb meatballs, frisee salad, crab gratin. I loved everything except the crab dish which I think was under-flavored, but can't be totally sure since it burned the skin off of the roof of my mouth. I'm also not sure that Txikito is truly "authentic" as there were a number of staples missing when compared to my trips to Spain. That said, it's a great spot with very good sangria and more than worth a visit.

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          Txikito
          240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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            kathryn RE: chewbie May 25, 2011 08:35 PM

            Txikito is Basque style and reminds me of the more creative dishes and restaurants in San Sebastian. Washed down with a nice glass of Txakolina!

            What cities did you visit in Spain and what dishes are you looking for?

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            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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            RCC RE: sushiman May 26, 2011 12:01 AM

            +1 on Solera.

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

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            Elizabeth E. RE: gtvlad May 26, 2011 05:49 AM

            Add La Fonda Del Sol to the list. I'd call it modern-authentic and very good. Was there the other night for "Tapas Tuesdays" (for $22, 3 choices from a menu of about two dozen tapas)

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            La Fonda del Sol
            200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10020

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