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Posted by chachachicky on 10/01/2008
By mere chance we capped off our "30th anniversary/last night in the city" at this little gem and it quickly became one of the highlights of our stay. Upon entering, the ambience was cozy yet electric with a roomful of diners clearly enjoying themselves. The waitstaff were welcoming and the signature complimentary bruschetta some of the most flavorful we have ever tasted! We followed with apps/tapas, while the yummy orange slice-filled sangria (by the pitchersful, mind :O) complimented each morsel and every moment of our celebration. Fast forward paella(s) and a full lobster EACH later, plus flan and creme brulee to finish, and you, my friends, have just journeyed with us on one perfectly-paced flight to heaven and beyond 5 stars! 10/01/2008
Posted by pioneerteach on 08/01/2008
My husband and I ate at Meson Sevilla on July 30 after a matinee performance. Our table was ready as soon as we arrived. A plate of bruschetta (one piece for each of us) and a basket of bread was brought to our table. The bruschetta was fresh-tasting and bursting with tomato and garlic flavor. Our server was wonderful. He asked if we had questions about the menu and answered ours completely. My husband ordered a cocktail that he couldn't stop raving about - it was well-made and a good size. He ordered a spinach salad and the lobster ravioli. The spinach salad was extremely fresh and served simply with some fresh mushrooms and a vinaigrette. The lobster ravioli contained a great deal of lobster meat and was served in a fresh tomato sauce that did not drown the ravioli. The portion size was generous. I ordered a glass of white sangria. It was not weak (as someone said about the red). It came with apple, orange, and lime slices and was very refreshing. For my appetizer, I ordered the gazpacho. I couldn't believe the size of the bowl for $5.95. Fresh tomato, cucumber, onion, pepper - a perfect soup for a hot, humid day. I asked our server for a recommendation about the two chicken dishes that were on special. One contained onions and chorizo, the other had zucchini, tomato, onion, and pimiento (roasted red pepper). He recommended the latter, and I couldn't have been more pleased. The chicken was so moist and the vegetables were fresh and cooked to just-right doneness. When finished, we were just a bit too full to try any dessert, but they did look good. If I lived in the neighborhood, I'm sure that Meson Sevilla would be a place we'd frequent often. I encourage you to check out their website and try them out if you are in New York's theatre district. We were not disappointed, and don't feel you will be.
Posted by Emily D. on 07/28/2008
A cozy layout (without being squished), a kind wait staff and a classy and low-key ambiance already sets the restaurant above the rest. The tapas menu was extensive and my palate became excited as I made my way down the list. My cousin and I enjoyed a pitcher of red sangria (which was a bit weak and perhaps the only downside to the entire meal) and totilla espanola (bland, but perfectly so) alcachofas con jamon (the serrano ham was better than i remembered) pimientos stuffed with crab meat (with just the right amount of zing) and gambas in garlic sauce (perfectly cooked, and thankfully, head and tailless). Though we skipped on dessert, the menu held a nice spread of sweets and palate-cleansing postre. Gratuity was included, a little unexpectedly, as we were a party of two with a 2:30 PM reservation, and our bill came to $70.
Posted by inkedAG on 06/18/2008
I went here with my parents before a show and we all loved it. My mom doesn't care for Sangria, but she liked theirs. I had Pork Chops Porterhouse, which was one of their specials that day. They were two juicy chops with mushrooms, peppers and garlic. YUM! My mom had Shrimp with rice which she enjoyed and my dad loved the stuffed scallops. The service is top-notch. My parents were meeting me at the restaurant and I was late because of work. The staff was very friendly to my parents and sat them at a table instead of having them wait at the bar while they waited for me. A great place and my folks want to come back.
Posted by Nancy on 05/05/2008
Well, I read all the reviews about this place and I finally went. I have to say I was pleased. I have been to Spain many times and the atmosphere was definately from Spain. The tapas were good. The shrimp in garlic sauce was excellent and there was plenty. I ordered paella to take home for my kids although it would never be better than their abuella's. They said it was excellent. The Sangria was excellent and the service was great. We never had to wait for anything and they were friendly and attentive. They never rushed us. The only negative and that is not reallly a negative is it was a little too dark to read the menu. Great food, service and price.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2008
As I read some of these reviews, I have to say that most people have NO IDEA what they are taking about. I happen to live in the area and am an avid restaurant goer throughout Manhattan and Meson is fantastic. It's like a family there. If you've ever been to Spain, then you'll know that the culture is NOTHING like ours and especially in regards to the service industry. I've lived is Spain for many years and Meson Sevilla brings me back ever time I step through the door. It's not about "brown-nosing" the customer and ultra pampering...it's about feeling at home. The staff is unafraid to to joke around with you, quick to give you another glass of wine or a bit of jamon serrano & queso manchego, and great to just be around. It's family owned and run...but by a spanish family. Most reviewers that say something negative about the service don't understand that. Furthermore, it's insanely busy during pre-theater. If you expect to get top-notch service ANYWHERE in midtown during pre-theater, then you're nuts. I recommend having a seat at the bar and ordering some tapas, some sangria, maybe a mojito... I challenge you to not have a good time chit chatting with the bartender. If you go there more than once and they recognize you, that's it....You'll automatically be initiated into the "family" and you can't help but love it. I see it happen every time I'm there with different people. "You've been here before, haven't you?" "Yeah, we were here last month...." "I thought so. How've you been?....*as he poors you another glass of wine that will NOT appear on the check*. I'm telling you, it's great. PLUS...the food is phenomenal. It makes me laugh when people critique the Paella. HAVEN'T YOU EVER HAD A REAL PAELLA BEFORE?!?! HA! A paella takes about 4 hours to make.... If you want a TRUE paella, then you need to call a day ahead of time and request it....DUH. There is not A SINGLE place in the city, or the world for that matter, that will make a true paella to serve. I say again, people have no idea.... Go there, eat well, have a great wine (I suggest their Ribeira del Duero...excellent) laugh a bit, relax, THEN form an opinion. =)
Posted by Anonymous on 04/02/2008
You get good portion for the money but the food wasn't as flavorful as you'd expect Spanish food to be. We had Tapas and Lobster ravioli. Lobster ravioli was good but tapas were so so... We had peppers filled with crab which had imitation crab and thats was disappointing. It wasn't a complete waste of time or money but I wouldn't go back ....