Since I visited Spain in December – check out my posts here – I became passionate about Spanish cuisine. Particularly, by tapas, which consists of several small portions, to share. Several non-Spanish restaurants nowadays rely on this “system” to set up their menus, which I think is pretty cool. But in addition to the sharing thing, I even enjoy the Spanish tapas. Since we came back from Spain, I started to explore more of this part of the gastronomy here in the city and, in this post, I indicate three Spanish restaurants that we love (we have already repeated the first and second of the list, inclusive).
Boquería – Boquería has five locations in the city. In fact, the restaurant was inspired by Barcelona’s tapas and beer bars – the family of the chef is from Barcelona. The place is super crowded and full of young people. It has a very cool vibe. They have a very interesting variety of tapas – vegetarian, with meat, with seafood, including paella and barbecue. Tapas start at $6. My choices here are Pan con Tomate ($6) – a grilled bread with tomato, garlic and olive oil, a classic Spanish tapa;Patatas Bravas ($10) – crispy potatoes with spicy sauce and garlic-based sauce; Croquetas Cremosas ($12) -Creamy croquettes; three each of mushroom and Serrano ham; and finally the Escalivada ($12), fire roasted eggplant, red pepper, onion, labne yogurt, fresh herbs and olive oil, served with flatbread . Everything is so yummy! One info I think is great to know is that Boqueria has Happy Hour from Monday to Friday, usually from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (until 6:30 p.m. on Flatiron), and prices are good: Sangrias for $6, beers for $4 and tapas from $3 (the most expensive is $10) – that’s all for practically half the price. Boqueria offers a Boozy Brunch Menu of Tapas, Brunch Paella, Classic Brunch Dishes, and a Churros Sundae, plus unlimited Sangría and Mimosas for $39 per person on weekends.
Locations: 260 West 40th Street / 53 West 19th Street / 171 Spring Street / 1460 Second Ave / 590 Fulton St, Brooklyn.
Tomiño Taberna Gallega – The restaurant is located in Little Italy, mixed with a bit of Chinatown. The space is very beautiful, large and cozy and the highlight of the menu is the tapas. The idea, as the name suggests, is to offer what Galicia gastronomy has to offer. Tapas include options such as croquettes, empanadas, tortillas, as well as options with chorizo and seafood. Prices start at $8 and go up to $21. There are also main courses, starting at $22. My choices here: Croquetas ($8), with four, Octopus ($18) and also Chorizos al Infierno (spicy sausage, $10). Everything is so delicious!
Address: 192 Grand Street.
Pil Pil – This one we have been recent. It also has a great tapas menu, based on meat, vegetables or seafood – including classics like Pan with tomato ($ 7) and Octopus a la Gallega ($ 15). In addition, it has a large variety of croquetas, with four flavors (portions starting at $9). We tried brunch, which runs Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 4pm. It works as follows: the menu features 12 tapas options from four regions of Spain – Catalonia, Andalucia, Galicia, and Basque. There are three tapas from each region and the idea is you choose a region and the three tapas are $17.95. At first, we thought it would be little, but it was totally enough! For another fixed price – $16 – you can drink Sangria at will. Not to mention that the environment is rustic and very beautiful.
Address: 265 E 78th St.
When I talk about my love for Spanish cuisine, I take it very seriously! So much that I discovered Boquería cookbook and did not waste time: I bought one for us. The book is beautiful and super well designed, with nice pictures, and there are many recipes and all well explained. You can buy yours on Amazon clicking here.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.