Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Small Spanish Bites

Spanish tapas-style restaurants like Boqueria are perfect for those commitment-phobe nights when you want a taste of this and a taste of that. This is Boqueria's Flatiron location at 53 West 19th Street, between 5th and 6th aves (their other location is in Soho).

We arrived before the restaurant was officially open for the dinner menu. The waiters were getting prepped by the manager for the dinner shift. So we sat in the front bar area, which was completely maxed out by the time we left (around 7:30 PM on a week night). The restaurant was very modern looking with a lot of beige/taupe/browns.

Nothing wrong with some good old meat hanging in the window.

First up. Cojundo - Fried quail eggs and chorizo on toast. Love eggs any hour of the day.

Datiles con Beicon - Dates stuffed with almonds and Valdeon, wrapped in bacon. These were good (and very sweet) but I've tasted better bacon-wrapped dates.

Jamon Serrano - Spanish ham, aged 15 months. The ham was delicious but we wished they gave just a bit more olives to go with it.

Txipirones - baby squid a la Plancha with black olive vinaigrette. Considering half this dish consisted of greens, this was surprisingly my favorite tapas at Boqueira. The squid was so tender and delicious, made more delicious by the perfectly non-tangy and flavorful vinaigrette sauce.

The last squid standing . . . not for long.

After eating the above items, we were still hungry so we ordered the Poor Man's Rice. So good and the sour cream was a nice touch. Thankfully Paella is always filling.

We were pleased with all of Boqueria's tapas. The problem was that although the portions were normal tapas size, we're big eaters and the more tapas you order, the bigger the bill becomes. So, although we wanted to try more tapas and keep eating, we had to cut ourselves off at some point. The food was good but a bit too expensive for us, especially when you start drinking wine. We were envious of the table next to us with the large pitcher of Sangria. Sometimes money can buy some fun.