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Posted by ER on 12/02/2011
Good paella and excellent wine and olives. Tapas were very blend and not as good as the ones we had on our visits to Spain. If you're aiming for "tapas" you should go somewhere else. Service was attentive and atmosphere and decor are ok.
Posted by foodfan on 06/17/2011
This used to be a lovely place: very European with amazing sea food and tapas. But my meal last night was disappointing. Sweet service--I'll give them that--but overcooked, badly seasoned food. I should have realized that it had gone downhill when I walked in and nobody was at the bar eating tapas. Too bad: it used to be a quiet oasis in midtown.
Posted by leighton detora on 02/09/2010
On a recent rare trip to NYC, my wife and I had a wonderful, leisurly lunch, sampling and sharing many of the offerings, both food and wine over two hours. Both the food and wine were wonderful, the service was fine, not hovering, and the mid afternoon comings and goings were fun to watch. It was pricey, especially by home - Vermont - standards, but we were glad for the experience.
Posted by Verdad on 09/27/2009
Pretty disappointing. I lived in Spain and travel there frequently - this food is not Spanish. The tortilla was more like a quiche, boquerones were not fried (as is typical as a tapa), gambas were overcooked and not fresh, didn't serve serrano ham (as the waiter said)- but Iberico ham (there is a difference), white asparagus was water logged and not fresh, patatas bravas lacked the typical seasoning they should have been cooked in, oysters had a strange sort of taste. The beauty of Spanish food is is simplicity and quality of ingredients. To add anything other than potatoes, onions, eggs and olive oil to a tortilla is insane - they had brocolli in it and what tasted like cream - made it more of a quiche than a simple Spanish tortilla. And if you can't serve fresh quality white asparagus - then don't. Also, the waitstaff should know the difference between Jamon Serrano and Jamon Iberico - there is a difference. On the up side, the location is good (midtown), the decor/ambiance is pleasant and charming, the wine list was very good (lots of good Spanish wines), and while the staff was obviously not familiar with Spanish food, they were attentive and polite. Have a drink at the bar and get the free warm almonds and olives (those were actually good), but don't bother with the food - it was awful.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/08/2009
A friend and I wanted to have a quick lunch in midtown and dropped by Solera and sat in front - their tapas area. The resto is on the more expensive side of Spanish restaurants although quality is consistent. I have eaten there a few times and have racked up much larger bills but had no complaints. The usual gentleman in the front wasn't around (I've never had problems with him) but this person who waited on our table looked highly annoyed when we didn't order alcohol and only ordered a few modest tapas for lunch. The bill came and between my friend and I each had to shell out around $17.50 dollars (total of approx. $35 including taxes) - a very small bill for this restaurant based on past experience. We didn't bother to use credit cards for such a small bill but had no smaller change than 2 $20s and 1 $5. With a 20% tip, the total would have been $42. We waited and waited but the man took the cash and never returned and assumed the $45 was all for him. We motioned to leave looking for him but no one helped us. We had an afternoon appt and couldn't wait for the man until evening so we left. I was shocked at the presumption of this person (as I said, it wasn't the regular gentleman who manned the front who did this). This was last August 27, 2009 (Thursday). It may only have been a $3 difference but this type of restaurant shouldn't tolerate this sort of behavior by their staff. It's not the money, per se, it's the principle of the thing. The man should have brought the change and should have waited for us, the diners to have dispensed the gratuity. At the very least, he should have asked - did we need change (which he didn't).
Posted by East 40s resident on 05/22/2009
This is a great spot. I went with a friend who found it, and had Tapas and Sangria. I won't get into the "authentic or not" debate - but I will say the food was all memorably good. And I would say it seemed authentic to this person who has been to Spain. The Sangria was also excellent - and packed a punch. The pitcher easily was 5-6 glasses. The cold tapas were excellent - a couple of egg dishes, a stuffed pepper, marinated sardines, white beans etc. All very flavorful and extremely fresh. We also ordered Oysters on the half shell - served with a minionette (sp?) sauce, and a soft shelled crab special that was outstanding. The service was excellent, and it has nice atmosphere. I plan to go back with coworkers for wine and tapas at the inviting bar up front.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/30/2007
I have been coming to Solera for a number of years and have never been disappointed. The food is always well prepared and flavorful. They are especially good at fish but even a vegetarian friend found their dishes exceptionally good. The atmosphere is friendly, as is the service, and one can enjoy a meal without loud music blasting away. Although it has gotten to be a bit pricey, the wonderful food makes this a place to savor. C.H.