Aldea

Michelin one star ”Aldea”

Aldea      31 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011   (212) 675-7223

Cuisine: Spanish / Portuguese

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Recommend Dishes: SEA URCHIN TOAST

Seat: I recommend you to sit at open kitcken counter.

Occassion: I was here for dinner

Michelin: one star 2016

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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SEA URCHIN TOAST 16
cauliflower purée, mustard seed, shiso, lime
($4 supplemental for Prix Fixe)

MADAI SNAPPER CRUDO cilantro, radish, grapefruit

Open Kitchen

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Sol

Sol

Spanish Tapas ”Sol”

Chef Owner: Andrew D’Ambrosi 

Sol is a new Spanish tapas restaurant in underneath cocktail bar Bourgeois Pig in Greenwich Village. Atmosphere is casual, dark and sexy. The restaurant itself only 16 stool plus a one small high table in the middle. I sat at the chef’s counter right in front of the kitchen which gives you full view of the small, open kitchen where chef owner D’Ambrosi and his sous chef were working away. I tried 5 different dishes and everything was really delicious and it was beyond my expectation. My favorite thing was Langoustine – Egg Yolk, Matchstick Potato, Crustacean Sauce.

Cuisine: Spanish Tapas

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Recommend Dishes: Langoustine – Egg Yolk, Matchstick Potato, Crustacean Sauce $17. Octopus – Farro, Chickpea, Broccolini, Onion $24.

Occassion: I was here for dinner.

Seat: I recommend to sit at the chef’s counter.

Sister restaurant: Bergen Hill in Carroll Garden, Brooklyn.

Sol   127 Macdougal St , New York, NY 10012  (212) 598-1809

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Octopus – Farro, Chickpea, Broccolini, Onion 24 ♥♥
Langoustine – Egg Yolk, Matchstick Potato, Crustacean Sauce  17 ♥♥♥1/2

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Rosie’s

Great outdoor seating for summer time ”Rosie’s”

Rosie’s    29 E Second St, New York, NY 10003  (212) 335-0114

 

Cuisine: Mexiacn

Neighborhood: East Village

Recommend Dishes: 

Occassion: I was here for snack and drink

Outdoor seat: Yes

Opened since: Spring 2016

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Casa mono

Michelin Star Tapas ”Casa Mono”

photo1 (1)Duck Egg with Mojama and Black Truffles $18

Casa Mono is a Michelin one star restaurant located on the east side of Union Square at Irving Place (on the corner of 18th St. & 17th St.) This restaurant has been one of my favorite tapas places in New York for a long time. They serve many interesting tapas. However, if you are expecting one of those regular Italian or Spanish tapas restaurants, then this is not the place for you. I call it a tapas wine bar because everything is smaller in portion, yet the price is on the high side. I would consider each dish to be more like an appetizer with an entree price point. Make sure you try everything and order a bunch of different dishes with your group of friends. You will probably get a big bill, but each dish is so unique and delicious that you will walk away with one big, happy smile. 🙂 If you are on a date night, I recommend that you sit at the counter seat so you can enjoy watching the kitchen’s action.

Here are some of my favorite dishes that I would highly recommend you to order:

*Foie Gras with Cinco Cebollas $19
*Fideos with Chorizo, Sea Beans and Clams $18
*Stuffed Lamb Belly with Artichoke Purée, Blood Oranges and Radicchio $16
They are open for lunch as well as dinner and serve the same menu. Please make sure to call for a reservation ahead of time because you won’t have much luck if you think you can just walk in for dinner. The place is always SuPa SuPa busy.
Casa Mono – 52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥   $$$$

 20140509-001949.jpgFoie Gras with Cinco Cebollas $19

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Creamy Eggs with Sea Urchin, Walnuts, Lime and Ancient Anchovy Oil $16

DSC02203Confit Goat with Avocado Queso, Scallion Ash and Pistachios $19

photo2 (1)Fideos with Chorizo, Sea Beans and Clams $18

photo3 (1)Stuffed Lamb Belly with Artichoke Purée, Blood Oranges and Radicchio $16


DSC02168Atlantic Calamares with Harissa and Squid Ink $15

DSC02185Burrata with anchovies

DSC02176Pulpo with Fennel and Grapefruit $13

DSC02204Confit Goat with Avocado Queso, Scallion Ash and Pistachios $19

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Huertas

Huertas

Spanish Tapas ”Huertas” East Village

 Cuisine: Spanish Tapas

Neighborhood: East Village

Chef & Owner: Jonah Miller (Video interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fVABbHkIC0 by Food Republic)

 Huertas    107 1st Ave, Manhattan, NY 10003 (B/t 6th & 7th St) (212) 228-4490

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥♥  ♥♥1/2  ♥♥♥1/2 $$$1/2

Barnacles ♥♥1/2

‘Huertas Rotos’ Potato Strands, Chorizo, Poached Egg 13.00 ♥♥1/2

Mejillones / Mussels in Escabeche, Herbs, Lemon, Housemade Chips 11.00 

Open Kitchen

♥♥♥ 

Pulpo a la Gallega

Octopus, Potato, Pimentón 14.00 ♥♥1/2

Arroz Saffron Fried Rice, Mushroom Aioli 14.00 ♥♥♥ 

Toro

Toro

Spanish Tapas Restaurant ”Toro” by Chef and Owner Jamie Bissonnette

 

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Jamon Iberico De Fermin, hand carved premium Iberian jamon $30 ♥♥♥

Cuisine: Spanish Tapas

Location: Meatpacking District

Good for group

Must Have: Jamon Iberico De Fermin. Navajas razor clams.

Toro      85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (212) 691-2360

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Navajas

razor clams, piquillo pepper, garlic, lemon $16 ♥♥♥

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Foie Gras Y Piquillo

seared foie gras, piquillo pepper, cider vinegar gastrique, candied walnuts ♥♥♥

DSC07219Paella Valenciana

shrimp, mussels, clams, chorizo, chicken, calasparra rice $36 / half  ♥♥1/2

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Uni Sandwich ♥ 

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Atun Crudo, yellowfin tuna, white soy, spicy cucumbers, citrus, avocado $17

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Setas, mushrooms, farm egg, fiddlehead ferns $16 ♥♥♥

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Suquet De Mariscos, catalan stew of lobster, sea urchin, parsnip $17 ♥♥

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Tortilla Española, egg, potato, onion‏, aioli $6 ♥♥1/2

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Dessert

Pipa

www.pipa-nyc.com – 38 East 19th NYC NY 10013 ( CLOSED )

If you’re in the mood for Spanish Tapas, Pipa is great place to go (so is Alta)! Start your dinner with a great pitcher of sangria. The menu is wide and everything is very good. The portions of some dishes are small like the croquette, but most of the dishes are generous in size and price. My favorites included the sautéed octopus, mushroom flat bread, and many more. Great place to go with groups of people while sharing many different dishes. The atmosphere is sexy shabby chic… the entire ceiling is covered by beautiful vintage chandeliers from ABC Carpet & Home! P.S. The other night when I was there they had a live band & flamenco dancer, which made it an even more exotic dining experience, but quite loud so it depends on your occasion.
 

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
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Stuffed Piquillos

 piquillo peppers, crabmeat, shrimp, piquillo aioli $12 – You can really taste the crab meat “excellent ” ♥♥♥1/2

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Hongos Y Higos wild mushrooms, serrano ham, figs, manchego cheese, caramelized onion, almonds, truffle oil $14 – ” Delicious-osso” this dish is all my favorites in one!  ♥♥♥

 

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