Sunday, February 13, 2011

Would you like some cheese with your wine?

Apologies for the hiatus! Sometimes time just flies by and before you know it its already the middle of February! Where were we?

Ah yes, Tapas and Tassels. After a long day of shopping and oogling the streets of NYC you will undoubtedly be hungry and thirsty. Some of my favorite spots for tapas are...

Pipa Restaurant has a distinctive NYC look with its rustic exposed brick and concrete walls. The ceiling is covered with chandeliers that provide soft and romantic lighting. You'll spot couples snuggled in the corners and tables full of girls downing Sangria. While enjoying your Sangria, I recommend starting with Hongos y Higos flat bread and you can never go wrong with cured meats and cheeses. I'm not as adventurous with seafood, but hear its certainly worth trying too.

Boqueria offers a more traditional atmosphere and is best for smaller groups. I'm always up for Sangria, however there is a great Spanish wine selection here and your server can assist in pairing the wine with your tapas selections. Definitely try the Cojonudo (fried quail eggs) and treat yourself to the Datiles con Beicon (dates wrapped in bacon).

The Stanton Social has the best party atmosphere and has less to do with Spain and more about the style of service. They offer reservations for larger groups and you choose the menu ahead of time. The location, near great bars and clubs in the Lower East Side, can't be beat for the girls weekend. Again, I'm always lovin' Sangria, but this place steps it up wtih fantastic signature cocktails. There is one for every palate. I've enjoyed the Strawberry Fields and the Cucumber-Vanilla Cosmopolitan. From the menu don't miss the Potato and Goat Cheese Pierogies, French Onion Soup Dumplings, Pulled Pork Sliders, Rhode Island Style Lobster Roll, Grilled Apple and Brie Quesadilla (breathes), I could go on...

Have you been to NYC? What are your favorite tapas restaurants?

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