Taste Your Way Through NYC at Tapas Top Ten
As film actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Chef Mario Batali are touring Spain seeking the best Spanish tapas and seafood dishes as part of a new reality television show, here in New York we do not even have to leave the city to experience this significant segment of the culinary culture of Spain.
“Tapas,” “small bites,” “pintxo,” “cichetti,” and now “stuzzichini”: no matter how you say it, New York is definitely in the throes of a love affair with small dishes, usually accepted by a wine from the appropriate region. Although the cost of these small plates can add up quickly, especially while sitting at a bar with a best buddy, most tapas mens sport combination plates, which often represent a great value. Share a couple of these and a bottle (or carafe, quartino, mezzo, flight) and it's a great way to spend an evening.
Here are my suggestions for ten Tapas Bars and Restaurants Deals in New York City:
1. Sangria 46
This Spanish newcomer is receiving raves from theatergoers and vicinity diners alike for its authentic Spanish cuisine as well as its lovely backyard garden. Choose from the extensive Tapas menu, or order from the Pre-theater menu, which features several choices, including Vegetarian Paella, Mussels Diablo, and Churasco (skirt steak). Three courses for $ 26.95 are served all day and evening.
2. Costa del Sol
Taking its flavors from Northwest Spain's Galicia region, the menu at Costa del Sol is filled with true Spanish dishes. Fans may not be able to agree on their favorites, which include Paella Valenciana with Lobster, Bacalau (codfish) with Green Sauce and Asparagus Puree, and the Madrid NY Sirloin and Lobster Tail combination.
But, most agree that being just on the fringe of the Theater District has saved this restaurant from the cliched themes of many of the more central theater spots. The Tapas menu is also authentic and varied, and you can enjoy a great DiningFever deal of 15% off the entire check.
Sol y Sombra
Fast becoming a neighborhood favorite, this Upper West Side newcomer offers a large selection of tapas, both hot and cold, and authentic Spanish entrees as well.
It's easy to design a great meal of small plates to share, and many say the Pulpo a la Gallego (Galician-style Octopus), the Queso Manchego accompanied by raisin bread and sliced apples and the Codorniz En Escabeche (marinated quail presented with mixed salad and roasted figs) keep them coming back for more. Enjoy this exclusive offer from DiningFever – 15% off entire check.
Both international guests and neighborhood fans alike have hailed Azafran and its ever-changing menu as one of New York's top Spanish restaurants. Drawing inspiration from the many diverse culinary regions of Spain, Azafran's specialties feature a unique brand of authentic Tapas as well as upscale Spanish cuisine. Enjoy Azafran's cool ambiance and outstanding food and save up to 25% with DiningFever's exclusive special offer.
5. Bar Stuzzichini
As the newest hot spot in the Flatiron District, Bar Stuzzichini has been packing them in all summer, and its long marble-topped bar is the perfect place to try the bite-sized appetizers for which the restaurant was named.
At this Italian casual dining restaurant, stuzzichini are divided into five categories on the menu: Friti, Verdure, Formaggi, Pesce and Salumi; individually, they are priced at approximately $ 5.00 – $ 10.00, but order plates of five choices for $ 22.00. Two of these and a dessert with a bottle or quartino from the all-Italian wine list and you've got a delicious meal for two.
6. Matador Bistro Latino
Contemporary Spanish and Latin cuisines mix with Asian and Middle Eastern influences to create Matador's eclectic Tapas menu. Located on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village, Matador Bistro Latino is offering individual dishes ranging in price from $ 3.00 to $ 9.00, but for real lovers of Latin food, we recommend the Plato de Charcuteria y Queso, a mixed platter of meats, cheeses and olives , for only $ 14.00. Stay for dinner and take 20% off your food bill and enjoy a complimentary glass of Sangria with an exclusive offer from DiningFever.com.
The all-tapas menu is extensive and features creative and unusual dishes. Bring some friends to Greenwich Village, snag a table or a couple of bar seats and share a bunch of the small plates, which range in price from $ 3.00 for Marcona Almonds to $ 14.00 for Sauteed Fois Gras. A moderately priced bottle of wine from Italy, Spain or France and a couple of desserts (do not miss the plate of five Spanish cheeses for $ 12.00) complete this relatively inexpensively (and sabrosa!) Meal.
8. Antique Garage
At this romantic Soho spot (Mercer St. bet. Grand & Broome St.), the culinary influences are described as French, Italian, Turkish and “modernized Ottoman cuisine.” The owners invite you to “fill your table with several small plates from the Meze section,” which features two combination platters: a selection of meats and cheeses and a sampling of meze including humus, tzatziki, eggplant salad, circassian chicken and borek, $ 24.00 per platter. Sunday through Tuesday evenings, take 15% off with a DiningFever exclusive.
9. I Trulli Enoteca
Adjacent to I Trulli Ristorante is its tiny offshoot, I Trulli Enoteca. The small Enoteca menu features a well-chosen assortment of meats, cheeses, and olives from Italy's Apulian region. Choose three ($ 18.00) or five ($ 24.00) and be sure to pair it with one of several flights of three wines, ranging from $ 11.00 to $ 18.00.
10. La Bodeguita
Someday we'll be allowed to visit Cuba; until then, luckily, there's La Bodeguita! At this Cuban Tapas Lounge in the Gramercy Park area, you can certainly create a delicious feast from the intensive assortment of Tapas, but try to save room for one of La Bodeguita's authentic Cuban entrees, complimented, of course, by a pitcher of Sangria or a selection from the mostly Spanish wine list.
Although Tapas originated in Spain, where “there are as many variations of Tapas as there are cookies,” according to an article in globalgourmet.com, today it seems that every country's cuisine is well-represented. Italian, Indian, Turkish, and of course Spanish and Latin restaurants have all added a selection of small plates to their menus, taking what began as “bar food” to a whole new level. Now, more and more, restaurant patrons are creating their own meals from a combination of these dishes, and restaurant owners are taking note and making their selections more extensive and appealing.