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Posted by Jail on 06/13/2011
We had the Seafood Paella for Two, the rice was very good, but the seafood was sparse, and the serving size was not enough for two people, the $9 salad was very good, and worth the price.
Posted by Anonymous and Helpful on 05/31/2010
Honest and true. Gonna file a missing Chef report with the Food Network. Calling Flo the Progressive Insurance gal to see if they cover lost recipes. I don't know the history but here is what I gather from one fateful Saturday night. Seems like at one time a decent chef conceived some half way decent tapas recipes and made a good attempt to replicate them every night at some long ago empty hardware store store front disguised as a high rent Manhattan restaurant. Flashforward to Summer 2010 and chef is no where in sight. Ingredients are merely combined by the open kitchen staff and served. It is very clear once food arrives and fork goes from food to mouth that no one is actually "cooking" the tapas ingredients with any skill or following any basic preparation instructions that resemble a recipe. On order were the three Spanish tapas staples; Croquettes, Shrimp Ajillo and Chorizo. All three ordered well done. Croquettes were filled with bechamel reminescent of our favorite Chicken Villaroy served at another place and time, and of course ham. Interesting. I get it. Not what we expected. Not well done. Barely done. Not tasty enough to go there again but not the worst offense of the night. Shrimp Ajillo were fresh from the northern depths of the freezer, served very generously doused in Crisco with chopped garlic and a few TetraMin parsley flakes. Edible but not really "cooked" in any way. No taste. Arrived smokey hot but after a minute cooled and you realized it was almost like salad ingredients lightly tossed and served slightly above room temperature. I feel like if they came well done, not hot, well done, aka cooked slow and long it would have brought out the basic taste we were in search of. Chorizo was arranged interesting, sliced thin the long way like deli ham, again but even more generously doused in this time room temperature Crisco and drizzled with a light pesto I assume was conceived as an alternative to sauteed garlic. Again. if cooked, well done, slow and umm well, the taste I am sure would have been minimally interesting but potentially something special we would want to return to. Had that just tossed salad taste I love and enjoy at lunchtime. Maybe the sautee chef or the fire oven or the electricity had a vacation day. Cooking instructions left in a taxi. I don't know the issues but they were plentiful. Crowd mostly no nothings, imitation hippies and first timers. Not a regular in sight. Now you know why.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/13/2010
I've been twice recently and both times I've been impressed. My favorite dish by far is the fried goat cheese. DO NOT miss it. The green salad is also excellent and is large enough for two. Both toastas I've has were delicious and the croquettes were amazing. Definitely going back here soon. If you're looking for conversational service, this won't be the place for you but I appreciated the fast and efficient service.
Posted by Meredith on 01/08/2010
My friend took me there last night as a belated birthday present. We didn’t make a reservation and were told there would be a wait of approximately 30-45 minutes. Lucky for us, we found a two seats at the bar. The bartender – didn’t get his name but he had dark hair, a beard and tattoos, was awesome. We told him that we both liked vodka-based drinks which were sweet but not too sweet and he made us something amazing. He tried something new and when we didn’t like it as much, he gave it to us on the house. Just a really friendly guy. The wait was longer than my friend and I expected which we figured was par for the course in a trendy, New York City restaurant. But the hostess was so apologetic and when we were finally seated, she gave us a couple of the plates on the house. Just outstanding service all around. The waiter was so friendly and attentive as well and the food was terrific. My favorite was Hogaza De Lomo - adobo marinated pork loin over gruyere cheese and piquillo peppers (YUM!) and, of course, the almond-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. The only plate I wasn’t thrilled with was the cheese plate and only because I’m not a big fan of blue cheese. I would definitely go back, if only to see that bartender again.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/06/2009
The fried goat cheese, croquettes, patatas bravas and chorizo were amazing. I am going back for sure...that goat cheese was the best that I have ever had.
Posted by anonymouse on 10/18/2009
i'm very into trying differnet tapas restaurants in the city & so i thought we'd give this one a try. we were late for our reservation but called to let them know and they were very accommodating to seat us promptly once we got there. they don't have a martini list which was a little annoying but they had sangria. we ordered a pitcher of the red, it was just okay. the busboy removed our half full glasses before we were done, so we complained to the waiter and he brought us all a fresh round which was very pleasing. the menu was a little disspaointing, there wasn't a lot of variety to choose from in terms of getting something that wasn't fried or in oil. we ordered a bunch of tapas and they were all decent, nothing incredibly mind blowing. the date stuffed w almonds were quite good & the best dish was the steak that came w amazing french fries. this restaurant ranks in the middle compared to other tapas places. the value was good, the atmosphere was young & fun, but extemely loud and kind of stuffy and hot.
Posted by Mike on 08/08/2009
food was outstanding. Service was not good- I complained at the bar and the owner came over and compt. a round of drinks. He also talked with the waitress and she was great after that. The food was outstanding. This was my first visit and will be back.