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Posted by anonymous on 07/22/2009
Had high hopes for this restaurant, but instead got food that tasted old, off, and odd. There was nothing delicious. The tapas, including the Pintxo De Aguacate didn't taste like avocado and feta, but had a sour and insipid quality. The Tortilla Vasca was old and had no flavor. The only good things were the wine, the music, and the fun ambiance. What wasn't fun was that I got sick after eating here last night. Skip it, spend the money and go to Tia Pol.
Posted by greenteaqueen on 06/15/2009
What a wonderful find on an unassuming street. Delicious tapas--the goat cheese and honey balls were divine. Strong and tasty sangria. Fun, lively atmosphere. And a great deal if you get the prix-fixe on weekday evenings!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2009
We loved this place. Everything we ordered was either good or outstanding- grilled octopus, goat cheese croquettes, paquetitos, mushrooms w/ almonds, shrimp stuffed with rosemary goat cheese- except the duck meatballs which tasted like chef boyardee. Also, the sangria was standard, not exceptional. The male server was not very friendly BUT surprised us later on with free sangria and complimetary dessert wine. The flamenco band was an especially nice touch; everyone enjoyed and it made the night very festive. I have already recommended this place to many friends.
Posted by Isabel Z. on 02/03/2009
Wow, where do I start? I had my 30th birthday bash here this year... what a night! About 20 of my friends and I took up a large section of the restaurant where we ate, drank, and danced, danced, danced. The tapas were incomprable to any other tapas place in NY. There was a wide variety of simple, but exotic seafood, meats, cheese and vegetarian dishes so pretty much everyone was pleased. Generous portions too. My favorite probably has to go to the pintxo de setas y jamon... the mushroom and serano ham dish with aioli sauce! Also... the goat cheese balls, to die for! We had several pitchers of the Sangria which was strong, fruity and flavorful... not too sweet. You must try if you go! Service was excellent... there were two very sweet waiters helping us. The food all came in a timely manner. Two of my guests were from Spain and they were able to make all their requests in Spanish to one of the waiters. The music was great through out the night and once we finished eating, they played a bunch of dance music so we stayed for a few more hours! Overall great ambience, food, fun staff and music which made for a truly authentic Basque experience. I would recommend this to anyone looking to throw a casual, but fun party at a decent price. They also do private parties, but we didn't have enough guests to take up the whole place!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/23/2008
Wow. We took an out of town guest here on a whim on a Friday evening. I had never been here before, but my girlfriend had been many years ago. We arrived sans reservations but the manager was happy to accomodate us after a few minutes. We sipped on tasty sangria and kalimocho (red wine mixed with coca cola) at the bar while we waited. The dishes we ordered were all off the tapas menu and every single one was a delectable treat. The portions aren't meager either, very ample portions for tapas. Next time I come back I hope to sample some of the main dishes. I'm looking forward to my next visit.
Posted by Sam B. on 08/24/2008
The service was not good. The waiter would not accommodate my request for seating, even though I arrived at the restaurant 15 minutes prior to my 8pm reservation this past Friday, at a time when the restaurant was nearly empty. The restaurant began filling up shortly after my arrival, and my waiter apologized on behalf of his colleague, who seated a couple in my requested corner table before my very eyes (this was just before my date arrived for our reservation time). After the first round of tapas arrived, the waiter had to ask a second time to confirm my order. Even still, he never brought us the shrimp and ham dish we ordered. Overall, the food was just okay - I honestly was underwhelmed. We had the spinach, fried goat cheese balls, cured meats dish, duck meat balls, and mushrooms with ham. I give the place one star, which goes exclusively to the ambiance, but the cozy atmosphere and cave drawings on the ceiling and exposed brick did nothing to make up for the lack of service and mediocre food. Needless to say, I would never recommend this place to a friend.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2008
Went there for dinner with a friend. Ordered 2 Sangrias and the seafood Pallea for 2. Sangria was just fruits with poured wine over it (not soaked, there was no fruit flavor in wine). The Pallea was overpriced, didn't taste fresh, dried and not worth it. The service was slow and it was almost empty. The credit card machine was not working, they didnt even tell us until I overheard him telling another customer who was paying with a card. The place was tiny and cramped. There were some wiggle room so i decided to move the table over a little, he later came back and moved our table back to its place and squeezed another table next to us to make it more cramped. This placed is wack. Not going there again. A very BAD birthday indeed.