Tertulia

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Spanish food: I can’t pretend to know much about it. I’ve traveled throughout Spain, enjoyed the ample seafood and walked around with cones of jamon in my hand all day. However, I don’t know the food expertly. If Tertulia is the shining example of Spanish cuisine, sign me up!

The restaurant is owned by chef Seamus Mullen who has won countless awards and nominations for his cooking. Mullen’s restaurant is a charming narrow space with brick walls, a small bar up front and an open kitchen with a wood fired grill for your entertainment. You feel cozy as though you are in a chic yet old world tavern.

The menu is rooted in northern Spain. You will find a variety of toasts, tapas, and plates to share. The dishes are comforting and rustic but I imagine that they are deceptively sophisticated. The croquetas are giant crispy spheres oozing with a piping hot iberico ham mixture. Their grilled Spanish octopus is paired with salty & acidic chimichuri sauce. Finally, a dish that cannot be missed is the arroz a la plancha. This is a unique mix of seared creamy rice tossed with rich mushrooms and topped with smokey iberico ham. The place is great for a casual dinner or special occasion. Here’s what we had:

Croquetas De Jamón ibérico ham croquettes, membrillo

Tosta Matrimonio black and white anchovies, slow-roasted tomato, sheep's milk cheese, aged balsamic, flax and quinoa crisp

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Heirloom tomatoes, ricotta salata, caper berries

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Fresh anchovies, plums, tomatoes

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Pulpo a La Brasa - grilled Spanish octopus, potato confit, blistered cherry tomatoes, chimichurri

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Arroz a La Plancha - calasparra rice, snails, wild mushrooms, celery, fennel, ibérico ha

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Tarta De Santiago - traditional almond tart, stewed berries, crème fraîche gelato

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Address: 359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone(646) 559-9909

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