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tsiblis Feb 22, 2012 07:13 AM

Am interested in opinions

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    msmel Jan 2, 2013 01:25 PM

    Wondering if Tertulia is better than Salinas? Back in NY and I am also searching for great tapas in Manhattan and those were two I kept hearing about...Any thoughts?

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      kathryn Jul 9, 2012 09:40 AM

      Had a decent meal at Tia Pol last week while Txikito was closed for the 4th of July holiday. The croquetas de jamón were a hit, as were the lamb skewers with moorish spices. I liked the chorizo with sherry, though the dish was a little too sweet to my palate. They had a nice special of grilled scallops on sugar snap peas, which was perfectly cooked, which is always nice. The shrimp in olive oil with garlic and chili were only OK; my personal preference is to use larger shrimp. Deviled eggs with smoked paprika were excellent. The navarran-style trout with serrano ham, though, seemed like a pretty meager portion, and the trout didn't have much flavor, as it was slightly overcooked. The plato de embutidos also seemed a bit on the small side. Overall, it was good, but not great, and I prefer other places like Txikito, even though Txikito is more expensive.

      1. Charles Yu Apr 29, 2012 08:23 PM

        Be they tapas or not, the food at Casa Mono based on my experience a few days ago was absolutely superb. IMHO better tasting than Txikito's tapas
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846758 ( photos attached ).

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        1. re: Charles Yu
          kathryn Apr 29, 2012 08:35 PM

          When did you visit Txikito and what did you have?

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            Charles Yu Apr 29, 2012 08:57 PM

            That was over 6 months ago!
            Cannot remember full detail since meal was an impromptu decision with no camera in tow. However, remembered I had Crabmeat gratin, Creamy Croquettes, Grilled prawns with heads on, beef tongue, roasted leg of lamb and some type of white beans ( pochas? ) with mussels....etc
            I'm not saying they are not tasty, however, I find Casa Mono's food has more depth and more to my liking. Its like seeking opinion about pasta dishes by Marea, Babbo or Lincoln. To each its own!

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              kathryn Apr 30, 2012 08:14 AM

              They are pretty different styles. I find Casa Mono to be heavier, with bigger dishes that use more oil, with with very strong shellfish dishes. Txikito has a very different style, smaller dishes. I prefer their pork and housemate sausage/blood sausage dishes. I don't think you ordered many of my favorites there. I'll have to give CM another shot, my last meal there was disappointing.

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            Simon Apr 29, 2012 09:12 PM

            Charles, i wish i'd known you were around -- i live within 100 metres of Casa Mono and while i don't eat there, i would have gladly invited you over for some wine and cheese and charcuterie at Casa Simon for an amuse bouche before your meal :) give a shout next time you're in town...

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              Charles Yu Apr 30, 2012 08:09 AM

              Thank You chow friend!! With food like that, I'll definitely return soon!

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              Miss Needle Apr 30, 2012 08:34 AM

              I know the board is head over heels with Txikito. While I thought it was fine, I prefer Casa Mono as well.

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              JeremyEG Feb 23, 2012 06:00 AM

              For me, it's Txikito, hands down.

              1. Pedr0 Feb 22, 2012 07:58 AM

                Txikito (Arraultza, Piperrak, Pochas)
                El Quinto Pino (Torreznos, Uni Bocadillo)
                Pata Negra (Degustacion de Jamón)
                Tia Pol (Croquetas, Almejas Al Vino)

                Of those, Pata Negra has the best selection of Jamón.

                Tia Pol
                205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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

                Pata Negra
                345 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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                  Linsybee1 Feb 22, 2012 08:30 AM

                  I love Pipa and think it has a great selection of tapas as well as awesome sangria and is in a beautiful space. I particularly love the calamari!


                  38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

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                    Motosport Feb 22, 2012 01:53 PM

                    We also like Pipa for the same reason. It may not be the "best" but it's up there. We also enjoy the Flamenco guitar and dancer. It's a nice touch.

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                      Monica Feb 23, 2012 12:45 PM

                      Wow, Pipa is still around? That's where I discovered bacon wrapped dates when i was in college...yummmy.

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                        Motosport Feb 23, 2012 12:57 PM

                        Still yummy!!

                    2. re: Pedr0
                      kathryn Feb 22, 2012 08:32 AM

                      Do you know if Pata Negra is serving Fermin or 5Js or another brand of jamon iberico de bellota?

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                        Pedr0 Feb 22, 2012 08:47 AM

                        I think they serve Fermín. Might have stop by today and double check!

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                          kathryn Feb 22, 2012 08:58 AM

                          Tertulia serves the 5Js brand now. It is excellent. You can also buy it at Despana. It definitely tastes better to me than the Fermin brand.

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                            Pedr0 Apr 29, 2012 03:02 PM

                            Pata Negra now serving Cinco Jotas bellota. $50 a plate though.

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                        sushiman Feb 22, 2012 08:37 AM

                        The top two are the top two in the city.

                        Tia Pol is not what it used to be.

                        Casa Mono is great, but not really tapas.

                        Solera in midtown is under-rated.

                        Casa Mono
                        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

                        Tia Pol
                        205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                        216 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

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                          foodwhisperer Feb 22, 2012 10:55 PM

                          I agree on Tia Pol, not too good. Casa Mono I like but some dishes are not really tapas.
                          Boqueria I'd have to say is my favorite. Degustation if they had the original chef back. The last time i went there it was bad, but it used to be excellent. When I was at Tertulia i did not recall any tapas, but maybe because i was more interested in pig and in paella. Flor de Sol has some good tapas dishes especially chorizo and potatoes and chicken villaroy.But it's old style dishes not gourmet type.

                          53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

                          Flor de Sol
                          361 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                          1. re: foodwhisperer
                            kathryn Feb 23, 2012 05:46 AM

                            I would recommend going back and trying some of Tertulia's tapas. The sardine toast, the cojonudo, the broken egg toast. They have your standard croquettas, tortilla, padron peppers, etc. as well.

                            359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                              foodwhisperer Feb 23, 2012 07:59 PM

                              The sardine toast sounds like something I would enjoy. I remember now having the croquettes which if my memory serves me well, it was with Serrano ham. I will go back for tapas, thanks

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                              D...DF Feb 24, 2012 02:16 PM

                              Did Wes Genovart leave Degustation? That's a serious bummer. Any idea where he went?

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                                kathryn Feb 24, 2012 03:15 PM

                                SoLo Farm and Table in Vermont.

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                                  D...DF Feb 28, 2012 12:19 PM

                                  Thanks. Boo.

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                          kathryn Feb 22, 2012 07:34 AM

                          I would say Txikito or Tertulia. I find both of these to be better than Las Ramblas, Boqueria, Casa Mono, Mercat, etc.


                          240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                          359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                          1. re: kathryn
                            famdoc Feb 23, 2012 01:23 PM

                            I can't speak with any authority, not having been to Txikito, but we really enjoyed tapas at Gastroarte and found several that brought back memories of a week we spent in Madrid.

                            141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

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