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blackbeltmom Nov 28, 2011 04:59 AM

Husband and I will be in NYC this week and hoping to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Where can we get good paella near the Met?

Thanks!

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    Simon Nov 28, 2011 11:55 AM

    If you walk across the park afterwards to the west side, you could go to Cafe Ronda -- it's Argentinean-influenced tapas place, and while i've never had their paella and can't vouch for it, they do serve it...so i'd say keep it as a backup option if you should find yourself drifting west through the park after the museum and craving Spanish...

    Otherwise, i'd recommend heading downtown...i like the paella at both La Nacional and Soccarat (sp?) very much...

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

    Cafe Ronda
    249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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

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      RGR Nov 28, 2011 07:30 AM

      Toloache 82 is a short walk from the Met, on 82nd St, b/t Lex & 3rd. There is an excellent Veracruz-style paella ("Tumbada") on the menu.

      Toloache 82 photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157627846888083/

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      Toloache 82
      166 E 82nd St, New York, NY 10028

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        RCC Nov 28, 2011 06:29 AM

        Don't know of any Spanish restaurant near the Met, but if you're willing to take a 15-20 minute cab ride, here are the nearest ones that I can think of:

        La Fonda del Sol (in the MetLife Building in Grand Central Station area) has a pretty decent paella Valenciana, but need to order for 2 persons:
        http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant.php?restaurants_id=19#sub_page2

        Solera (E53rd and 3rd): I've not had their paella, but I know that it's on their menu.
        http://www.solerany.com/

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

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

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