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Has Tertulia opened yet?

Or does anyone know when it will open?
Also, is it crazy to contemplate a visit early in its existence?

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Tertulia
359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. According to Twitter, opened last night.

    1. Like Kathryn said, it opened last night.

      In regard to your second question, it's not like restaurants flip a switch three months into things (or whenever) that magically makes them better. If you want to go, go. I'm planning on stopping in sometime within the next couple of weeks because it's a type of food that's interesting to me and I live in the area.

      1. Walked in last night for a pre-hurricane dinner and were seated immediately, just before 7pm. We stuck mostly to the tapas portions of the menu as I wanted to see how it compared to Boqueria.

        Pan con tomate was OK. Bread wasn't grilled, which I thought it would be. Not a huge fan of using multigrain peasant-y bread for pan con tomate, either. Really liked the jamon iberico bellota. I think it may have been hand cut as the thickness varied from piece to piece and you could kind of see the knife trails. Pimientos de Padron were also good, a little bit on the saltier side, but not too salty. Nuestra Patatas were only OK. More like home fries covered in Spanish paprika, with an aioli on top. I was hoping for more of a patatas bravas treatment where the pimenton is in the aioli itself. Grilled clams with salsa verde and white beans and lots of garlic and parsley were awesome, though. And we loved the jamon croquettas, served with a kind of fig sauce on the bottom.

        I'd probably skip the pan con tomate and nuestras patatas next time, and focus more on the other cooked dishes. A promising addition to the neighborhood.

        As we left around 8pm, there appeared to be a short wait for tables.

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

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        1. re: kathryn

          Went back recently, and had a very good meal. Jamon iberico to start with, and also pimientos de padron. We also ordered one of the daily specials: iberico pork ribs, with cucumber dill salad. Not a huge portion but very tasty, and cooked over their wood-fired grill. Excellent spicy mussels cooked in cider. But the real show stopper was the Arroz a la Plancha: crispy Calasparra rice, snails, wild mushrooms, celery, fennel, Ibérico ham. For dessert, apple crepes, with cider. All washed down with a bottle of txakolina. Delicious, and it certainly does appear to be a great addition to the neighborhood.

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          Tertulia
          359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: kathryn

            Just got back from another good dinner here. Loved the jamon iberico de bellota, as usual. Tried the mushroom toast with smoked ricotta, pine nuts, and it was only good, but the sardine toast was fantastic. Served on a cracker, black and white anchovies, slow-roasted tomato, sheep’s milk cheese, aged balsamic. Sweet, savory, lots of umami. Delicious!

            Arroz a la Plancha was just as good as the previous visits. And we also loved the percebes, gooseneck barnacles, a delicacy from Northern Spain, served on toast with garlic, parsley. I hope this daily special sticks around for a while. Finished with some nice torrija (Spanish french toast), heavily carmelized. They stick an iron in the grill for a while and then finish it that way instead of using a torch. Served with salted/roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut ice cream. Very good but not quite as good as Txikito's version which I believe is soaked in custard before cooking. Still, a great meal overall! No space for the cojonudo, sadly, or the crispy cauliflower with tripe, or the whole turbot or house-smoked trout on toast! Can't wait to try their churros con chocolate at brunch.

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            Txikito
            240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

            1. re: kathryn

              Tertulia is great. I've enjoyed the whole turbot, tortilla espanola, and ham croquettes. Can't wait to try the arroz a la plancha and some of your other recs.

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              Tertulia
              359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          2. Had yet another fantastic dinner here -- great jamon iberico as usual. Continue to love the sardine toast (black and white anchovies, slow-roasted tomato, sheep’s milk cheese, aged balsamic). But my new favorite toast is the "huevo roto": crushed soft boiled egg, potato chunks, slivers of Ibérico ham on top. Creamy, eggy, savory, cheesy, SO GOOD. I need another one of these right now!

            We tried to lighten it up with a very creative salad of grilled kale, grilled squash, raw kale, cheese, mushrooms, and a mushroom vinaigrette. The grilled lamb breast was excellent with creamy cauliflower and roasted cauliflower. Tender and fatty, like falling apart tender. Finished it off with a special of grilled chopitos (good but tiny portion, GREAT grilled flavor, good char, very small and sweet and meaty) and some Spanish French toast.

            But: huevo roto. That was the highlight of my night!

            1. I prefer kathryn's, but sam sifton has also written a complimentary/complementary review of tertulia:
              http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/05/din...