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Estadio Recommendations?

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I will be eating at Estadio this weekend for dinner - and was wondering what Chowhounds recommend in regards to 'not to miss' dishes. I'm just going with one friend - so it's not exactly like there will be a large group of us to share a higher number of small plates.

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  1. First of all, try to get a seat in front of the bar with the open kitchen. It's a lot of fun to watch them make the dishes. I think their tortilla espanola is the best in the city, so that's a must try. I also remember really liking their grilled octopus when I was there awhile ago. And there was a cooked spinach salad that was delicious.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I strongly recommend trying their charcuterie, and, if so, definitely do the mixto plate. Fantastic deal and lots of great stuff. The duck is always wonderful. I do think the menu is solid, through and through.

      It may just be a personal preference, but while I love Estadio, I don't actually like the seats in front of the open kitchen that Elyssa recommends. It doesn't give you a whole lot of real estate to work with as a table. I've been unbearably hot sitting over there before. And the worst meal I've had at Estadio was watching them wrap up the kitchen for the night, which was sub-optimal. Watching the fry and grill stations just doesn't really do it for me. Again, though, probably just a preference thing.

      1. re: shawington

        Probably a preference thing. I went with one of my friends and we had a lot of fun just watching the action---but I always like the open kitchen view because I look to see how kitchens work. But I'll agree--like any bar there isn't a ton of space or privacy.

      2. re: Elyssa

        As it turned out - we went during the Pride Parade - so we opted for a window seat. The octopus was truly delightful, and I also really enjoyed the grilled scallions - though all of the food was very good.

      3. The blistered shishito peppers are a must. I also love both their baby octopus and calamari. The open-faced sandwiches can be skipped but get one of the pork belly bocadillos. The hangar steak and duck breast have also been really good in the past, as are the baby chorizos.

        1. I know it's too late for OP, but I wanted to add the roasted corn dish to the list. Agree about the shishito peppers.