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  1. 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

      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

    2. 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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      1. re: Pedr0

        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

        1. re: Linsybee1

          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.

          1. re: Linsybee1

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

            1. re: Monica

              Still yummy!!

          2. re: Pedr0

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

            1. re: kathryn

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

              1. re: Pedr0

                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.

                1. re: kathryn

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

            2. re: Pedr0

              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

              1. re: sushiman

                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

                  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

                  1. re: kathryn

                    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

                  2. re: foodwhisperer

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

                    1. re: D...DF

                      SoLo Farm and Table in Vermont.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Thanks. Boo.

              2. For me, it's Txikito, hands down.

                1. 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

                    When did you visit Txikito and what did you have?

                    1. re: kathryn

                      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!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        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.

                    2. re: Charles Yu

                      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...

                      1. re: Simon

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

                      2. re: Charles Yu

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

                      3. 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. 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?