Spanish

Boqueria

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Overview:

Boqueria is a buzzing Flatiron tapas place that also has outlets in Soho & the Upper East side. All the spaces are cozy and sleek, packed with groups for lunch & dinner. The menu offers a non-stop parade of Spanish tapas options. You'll find tons of classics like bacon-wrapped dates, albóndigas (lamb meatballs), bacalao and pan con tomate served on huge charcuterie boards. Some heartier options include baby squid with white beans & squid ink, gambas with garlic & brandy, or hanger steak topped with chimichurri sauce. Service is good but the whole experience is totally enhanced by Toast Point of Sale, the tech platform powering their restaurant. Find out more on their site: here! 

Information:

Address:  53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (646) 651-4654

Neighborhood: Flatiron, Soho, Upper East Side

Price: $$-$$$


 

Ortzi


Overview:

Ortzi is a new(ish) all day restaurant in the LUMA Hotel from Chef Jose Garces. The space is sleek and sparsely decorated with a large bar and an open kitchen. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of the Basque Country. You will find many options in the way of tapas and also cazuelas, Spain’s traditional clay cooking vessels. The crudos & conservas section offers 9 varieties including tuna belly, cockles, mussels, and sea trout. If you're hankering for something a la plancha check out the blood sausage or Spanish prawns. As with all tapas places, the food is great for sharing and the space can accommodate a group.

 Information:

Address: 120 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:   (212) 730-8900

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Gato


Overview

Gato is Bobby Flay's most recent addition to New York City. Although the restaurant is large and buzzing, it still feels warms. The space features high exposed ceilings with a massive wrap around bar in the center and a beautifully tiled floor reminiscent of Portugal. The menu is Mediterranean with a heavy Spanish, Greek & Italian influences. The selection is vast and dishes are easy to share. They have no less than 13 tapas style dishes to choose from and a wide array of ingredients like scallops, razor clams, yellowtail, burrata, and tons of veggies. You can mix up with rest of your meal with pizza, roasted fish, or giant slabs of pork. The restaurant opened three years ago and even now it commands a crowd.

Information:

Address  324 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

 Phone:  (212) 334-6400

Neighborhood: Noho  

Website: http://gatonyc.com/

Price: $$$


 

GOTHAM MARKET AT THE ASHLAND

Photo : NY Times

Photo : NY Times


Overview

Over the last several years NYC has exploded with food halls. The people have spoken, and variety packed into one convenient space is what they want. The second Gotham Market location has opened in Fort Greene with some newcomers as well as existing New York favorites. This location is vast and modern industrial with tons of seating and full bars. Here you'll choose from 7 options and eat your way around the globe without walking more than 20 steps. Grab barbecue ribs at Mason Jar, lobster rolls as Crabby Shack, and juicy fried chicken from Flip Bird. You can also have a semi-formal dining experience from tapas experts at Boqueria. 

Information:

Address:  590 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 212.599.0520

Neighborhood: Fort Greene

Website : http://www.gothamorg.com/gotham-market-ashland

Price: $-$$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, variety, pizza, brunch, takeout & delivery


 

Amada

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PATATAS BRAVAS Spicy Potatoes

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GAMBAS AL AJILLO Garlic Shrimp

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MANCHEGO Truffle Honey, Apples

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SMOKED SALMON Caper Berries, Goat Cheese, Baby Greens

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REVUELTO Soft Scrambled Eggs, Pipérade, Lobster

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HUEVOS FLAMENCOS Tomato-Pepper Stew, Egg, Migas, Serrano Ham

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CALÇOTS Grilled Green Onions, Salbitxada

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CHURROS

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Address: 250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

Phone(212) 542-8947

http://newyork.amadarestaurant.com/

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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

tertulianyc.com/

Tessa Brunch

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My friends always come to me for restaurant recommendations. They give me neighborhood/cuisine type/price point instructions and I spit out a list. I'm like a human Yelp, but prettier. Yesterday a girlfriend asked me where to go in the Upper West Side for brunch. After offering The Smith, Jacobs Pickles, and Barney Greengrass I ran out of advice. Luckily I headed straight to Tessa and can now say I have another stellar spot to add to the list. 

The dining room is beyond beautiful. The space is modern industrial but still warm. The walls are white washed brick and there are steel dividers between rooms. The whole ceiling is double layered with blackened steel security gates which gives the space a stunning look. The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The manager constantly checked on how we liked everything, the waitress was sweet & informative, and my coffee cup remained totally full.  We ordered a ton of food and they were kind enough to really pace it out and let us take our time. 

The menu takes inspiration from Italian, French and Spanish dishes. The breads & pastries are homemade which right away elevates everything I'm about to order because I'm a whore for carbs.  We ordered french toast which was particularly custard-like in the center. The homemade granola and yogurt were a great option since brunch menus are so often laden with only items that will kill you. I was particularly impressed with the “hangover cure” because the chicken sausage had the perfect texture. Our burger was cooked perfectly and piled high with pancetta and sweet roasted tomato. I thought a few of the dishes could have used more salt, but I’m a salt-aholic. Finally, the dessert was superb chocolatey-hazelnutty joy to experience. I look forward to returning for dinner. Here’s what we had:  

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Basket Full of Goodies- Blueberry muffin, dark chocolate brioche, pecan sticky bun, croissant & housemade marmalade

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Housemade Granola- Ithaca Farm’s yogurt, cherries, apricots, wildflower honey 

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French Toast- Custard dipped Brioche, caramel apples, maple butter

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Avocado Toast-Country bread toast, crushed avocado, preserved meyer lemon & harissa, sunny side up egg

The Hangover Cure- Slow poached eggs, chicken sausage, gigante beans, croutons, pancetta, grilled tomatoes

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TESSA Burger- Certified Angus Beef, caramelized onions, crispy pancetta, fontina cheese, housemade rosemary fries

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Chocolate Cremeux - salted caramel mousse, hazelnut ice cream, coconut chocolate chantilly

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Address: 349 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Phone:(212) 390-1974

tessanyc.com