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Midtown Tapas?

I have a short trip to NY in first week of April, staying in midtown (44th) and would like to find a good tapas place in walking distance (about 1 mile for me). I've read through Kathryn's VERY complete list of recommendations, but haven't found an obvious midtown suggestion (e.g. Tertulia and Txikito are too far downtown). I'd like to keep it reasonable ($40 for food only) if that's feasible.

If no good tapas that you'd recommend, I'm open to others in that neighborhood, but want something interesting (I'm from SF), so probably not Italian, French, or Asian unless exceptional/different. Thanks!

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  1. You might look at Victor's Cafe for tapas with a Cuban twist.

    Never been, but colleagues of mine say good things about it.

    1. Where on 44th?

      Try Tertulia's sister, El Colmado at Gotham West Market. And while you at it, have some garlic Mazemen, and whitefish Donburi at Ivan's across the aisle

      1. Y'know, if budget wasn't an issue (i.e. $40 for food only), then I would suggest The Modern Dining Room.

        The way the menu is laid out, it's sort of quasi-tapas like.

        But alas, there's that whole money issue ...

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Thanks for the suggestion - I'd seen The Modern mentioned, and it seems like the bar/lounge might be more reasonably priced - is that feasible to get a full meal from several small plates and keep the price in the $40-50 range for food? And is the food there interesting/good?

          1. re: RichInMV

            Note that they just got a new chef at The Modern so things may have changed. Their Bar Room used to be a good bet for 2-3 dishes right at the $50pp price point. I am not sure if portion sizes are the same now.

            1. re: RichInMV

              As kathryn mentioned there's a new chef at Modern (Abram Bissell) and from what my colleagues tell me the menu is slightly different - although I believe it is still taking shape a bit under Bissell's influence -- but the food and the portion sizes are not significantly different than when the kitchen was manned by Kreuther.

              Not really surprised at this given that Bissell worked for Kreuther before heading off to the NoMad.

              FWIW, dinner at The Modern is on the top of my list next time I'm in the city.

          2. It's not super-fabulous, but I had very good tapas at La Fonda Del Sol in the Met Life building at Grand Central (44th & Vanderbilt) a few years ago.

            http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant...

            1. East 44th or West 44th? Makes a difference in your "1 mile" walking distance.

              Maybe give the new "dim sum" menu at Ma Peche a try, if it's on the right side of town. Prices here, courtesy of Ryan Sutton: http://instagram.com/p/kruv6Gmky_/#

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              1. re: sgordon

                I'll be staying at the Sofitel, at W 44th, near 5th Ave. - I've read through all the suggestions above, and did more research - does anyone have a strong objection to Solera? I've looked at Modern Bar, and it's appealing but I think I can eat more than $50 there ;-) And I'm not really a fan of David Chang, so not sure about Ma Peche either.

                1. re: RichInMV

                  They literally just redid the menu to be dim sum style, and note that Chef Carmichael is up for a Beard award, if you change your mind.
                  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/...

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Thanks, Kathryn - I read the article, and it's funny since we have State Bird Provisions here in SF, a similar concept/conceit. I'll noodle on it a bit more, but I'd also be concerned about the wait. I tend to get impatient when I'm hungry so usually only go where I can get a reservation (sorry for being so picky!)...thanks!

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Ah, thanks Kathryn! Have you been there, and what did you think?

                        1. re: RichInMV

                          I've been many times and always enjoyed it but haven't visited since the dim sum switch.

              2. RichInMV, where did you end up? How was it?

                1. Thanks for all of your good suggestions - I ended up at Solera, which was OK but not exceptional. I did a whole writeup on it and a number of other places here:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9713...