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Which one?!! Solera, Sala One Nine, Boqueria, or Txikito for tapas

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rjlebed Jul 25, 2011 08:03 AM

Looking at various postings for these restaurants and the reviews are mixed. Wondering whether anyone has strong feelings one way or the other about any of the four! Thanks!!

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

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

Sala One Nine
35 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

Txikito
240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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    InfoMofo Jul 25, 2011 08:08 AM

    I really like Boqueria. Really thoughtfully composed plates and some really great flavors there. The wait can be kind of brutal. I thought Sala One Nine had a fun atmosphere for groups- but the food wasn't quite as good or inventive.

    Haven't been to the others.

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

    Sala One Nine
    35 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

    1. strangemd Jul 25, 2011 08:09 AM

      I'm a huge fan of Txikito. I probably eat there twice a month. The tapas are wonderful and inventive, the ambiance is relaxed and friendly, the sangria is excellent, and they make a delicious crispy suckling pig that you can have as a main course when you're done grazing.

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      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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        kathryn Jul 25, 2011 08:31 AM

        Txikito is very good and slightly better than Boqueria. Having traveled in Basque country for several days over my honeymoon, and eaten at a lot of pintxos bars in San Sebastian, this is the only place that scratches my pintxos/Basque itch.

        - The best pintxo is the ARRAULTZA: sofrito, palacios chorizo, quail egg
        - We always order the salt cod croquettas, blistered peppers, and fries with cod mayo
        - The suckling pig is not cheap but has amazingly crispy skin. Get one order per 2-3 people.
        - Ask your server if you need help ordering. I've not been steered wrong yet.
        - Get a bottle of Txakolina, it's a much better value than 3-4 glasses

        Service is excellent. They take reservations over email or phone. Adorable wallpaper in the bathroom, too. I've been back many times and it is always good.

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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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          budgetrick Jul 25, 2011 04:27 PM

          Having only been to Solera, I'm probably somewhat less than useful here, but I DO have strong (and very positive) feelings about it. My daughter and I go about one out of every 3-4 times that I am visiting NYC, and we've never been disappointed. We've spent most of our time at the bar or the seating areas just off the bar (vs. the dining room itself). The white asparagus and the Spanish tortilla are always among the items we order.

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

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            RCC Jul 25, 2011 04:44 PM

            You're as useful as the next guy here.

            Btw, I'm with you about Solera. It flies under the radar because of the non-restaurant-trendy-location among the office buildings at midtown east. But the tapas, basic as they are, are pretty solid and are good to very good.

            I also like Txikito with the best localized Basque-style tapas around, as well as Boqueria in Soho for the good, often-times inventive, tapas and the one with the better wine list.

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

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

            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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            thegforceny Jul 25, 2011 04:51 PM

            I love Txikito. You may also wish to consider El Quinto Pino. (I haven't been so defer to previous posts that you can find using the search box in the upper right corner.)

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            El Quinto Pino
            401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: thegforceny
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              kathryn Jul 25, 2011 05:15 PM

              El Quinto Pino is good too, but I find the layout less conducive to conversation if you have a party greater than two. They also have a much smaller menu and they don't offer the large dishes that Txikito does. That said, I love the lomo sandwich and fideua there.

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              El Quinto Pino
              401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

              Txikito
              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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              rjlebed Aug 2, 2011 11:47 AM

              Just to close the loop, went to Txikito and it was lovely. They saw that I was coming from Wisconsin and made sure that I could get a reservation. The table was lovely, right near the window. The service was friendly, and the food was great! We started with a crab dip, after that , among other things we had a mushroom bruschetta type item (cannot remember the proper name.......) loved the unsmoked bacon sandwich! And had a terrific almond cake with drunken cherries for dessert. The bill for the dinner was only $95 including tip for the two of us with only wine for me. I highly recommend it!

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              Txikito
              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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