New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
This new addition to the bustling Lower East Side is a superior Spanish restaurant. The area’s not exactly lacking in decent Spanish restaurants but this place sells it well. The room is smartly if casually decked out, with red bar stools and the Spanish colours displayed proudly on the back wall, and big enough so that getting a table here too much of an ordeal. We like the addition of communal tables and counter seating, which give it a chilled and informal feeling, the kind of place you can relax with a couple of tapas dishes and a chilled glass of fino without feeling rushed. The staff are friendly and efficient too. The Seafood Fideos is a great dish for sharing and the various plates of razor clams, octopus and gambas are super fresh and perfectly cooked. Lovers of all things gin will be in their element. Their extensive G&T menu includes every possible variant on the classic tipple: from cinnamon and lavender to fennel and liquorice – just pick a flavour and experiment. They also serve a range of traditional cocktails including a Sidecar, a Sazerac and the ubiquitous Negroni. The wine list ranges across most of Spain, not just Rioja, with a few bottles from Italy and France thrown in for good measure and includes a couple of choice cavas too.