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Posted by Clay B on 01/25/2011
We've been to Pata Negra about 5 times over the last couple years. The main draw for us is the Spanish ham. While the Iberico is quite good, the de bellota aka Pata Negra is delicious. It must be tried. Enjoy it with a nice glass of red - the wine menu changes frequently. The gambas al ajillo are solid. The pulpo ranges from solid to delicious, the caveat being that they are not overcooked. The tortilla, is OK, sometimes undercooked and a little heavy on the onions. Still, it serves as a fine extra plate. The staff has always been informative and courteous. They are happy to not only help you with your selections, but also to discuss the processes that go in to making Spain's cuisine , especially the cured meats, so delicious. As mentioned, it is a cozy setting. We often go late and have always found a table without making a reservation. While small, it's a great setting for couples and small groups.
Posted by TheChubb on 10/30/2009
Some of the best Spanish tapas in the city. Boqueria and Bar Jamon have nothing on this place. The jamon is exquisite of course, but so is everything else. Gambas al ajillo that actually still taste like shrimp! With so many misguided tapas joints in this town that spend way too much time being "fabulous," this place is the real deal.
Posted by DiningMartyr on 10/10/2009
There are several reasons to dine here: the ham, the cheeses, the wine, and the service. Neither Bar Jamon, nor Plamplona, nor Boqueria, nor Solera has better ham than here. The Pata Negra ham was unctuous and fine. The Iberico and Serrano hams were potent and peerless. The Le Serena and Roncal chesses, sourced from Murray’s Cheese Shop, were in perfect condition. The variety and quality of wines by the glass are exceptional and perfectly integrated with the food that’s served. Staff is helpful, engaging and knowledgeable. The Tortilla Espanola is creamy, but sloppily assembled. the potato slices are unevenly sliced and cooked. The defunct El Cid made a superlative Tortilla. The Piminetos de Pedron were too oily and lacked peppery heat (try either Tia Pol or Txikito for the Piperrak). The Gambas al Ajillo was decent.
Posted by spahafoodie on 07/24/2009
After getting an email from Tasting Table about this restaurant I was so psyched to check it out. What an absolute let down! Being a foodie, I was so excited to try the pata negra. I did my research on it, talked to people about it and had set myself up for an incredible food experience- only to be sadly disappointed. Either the pata negra served here isn't very good or it wasn't pata negra at all. In the end, I spent $40 on a few slices of good prosciutto. I'm happy to have tried Pata Negra so I can cross it off my list - no intention of returning.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/18/2009
Such a hidden little gem. It's a tiny little spot with fantastic wine and great ham and cheese. Totally recommend the imberico platter.. the ham was amazingly fresh. Truly enjoyable night out!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2008
this was a back up restaurant when all the others had an hour wait (needed to get to a movie) for a light, quick bite it's fine. but there isn't any offering of a sizable dish. i don't believe there's even a full kitchen here. most everything was served with pieces of bread. it is tapas, but very limited. the gambas was tasty with good size shrimp and well, you can't go wrong with garlic. the jamon was very young. the pork unmemorable. the sangria was very good. the waitress was pleasant but she was not at all familiar with most everything on the menu. that was disappointing. all the tables are high/bar like, the lighting is a trace bright with candles on the tables, but you can still classify it as romantic. if you're not terribly hungry, stop by.
Posted by anonymous on 11/23/2008
If your specifically craving authentic Jamon and are prepared to pay a pretty penny for a slice of heaven, this place is a must try for the Jamon Bellota or Pata Negra. Cheeses are also nice and complement the Jamon. Gambas al ajillo are decent as well. Wine list can use some improving. Overall, the menu is very limited but with Jamon so delicious, you really do not need anything else.