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Two weeks ago, I had an amazing meal at a tapas restaurant called Alta located in Greenwich Village. The restaurant was a little tricky to locate as there was no signage and the facade looked like all the other brownstones on the block. But once inside, it feels like you’ve stepped into someone’s house in the Spanish countryside. The decor filled with heavy dark wood tables and dimly lit candle lighting for ambiance. The hostess walked us upstairs to our table which overlooked the main dining room. 

The food was amazing. We started off with 4 items and told the waiter to leave us the menu to order more for later. First came the crispy brussel sprouts with apples, creme fraiche, and pistachios. If you usually don’t like brussel sprouts, these will make you fall in love with them. The sprouts were slightly crispy and charred giving them a nice smoky flavor while the apple balances out its natural bitterness. Next, we had the fried goat cheese dipped with lavender infused honey. As per my friend Winnie, this dish looked like curry fishballs that you can get at a hawker stand in Hong Kong. Honey and cheese usually pairs well, but the added scent of lavender made it so much more special. The lamb meatballs were served piping hot over a tomato based sauce with a slightly cooked egg yoke. We ordered and shared 8 dishes in all and then we each got a dessert as well. For dessert I had the torija which is like a sweet bread pudding-like dessert served with ice cream and a blueberry compote.

By the way, all the tapas dishes came out really fast. So fast that we think a lot of them were already premade in preparation for the Friday night dinner crowd. Alta only accepts cash and American Express. If you don’t own an AMEX card, be sure to bring plenty of cash. This meal was really good, but also quite expensive.

Alta, 64 West 10th Street, Greenwich Village, NYC

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I love tapas from Boqueria NYC. The closest I can get to reliving my time in Spain.

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I went to Spain a few years ago; and I fell in love with the place. I also fell head over heels in love with the food. 
I had a huge craving for white anchovies and was looking for a place that served them in NYC.  I found them at Boqueria.  A slice of marinated/pickled white anchovy is served on a piece of toast with charred eggplant, and yogurt.  Delicious! It was a little fishy as anchovies are suppose to be. It’s definitely an acquired taste.  Only one other brave soul tried my anchovies…even better; more for me.  =)
My second craving was for tortilla española- an egg and potato omelet. This dish is typical of all tapas bars all around Spain.  Boqueria makes a good tortilla; though I don’t think I’ll find anything as good as Maribel’s mother’s home-cooked tortilla.  
The four of us shared a total of 12 different plates of tapas. All of them excellent.  And each plate had enough portions to share.  By the end of the night, we were all so stuffed and so content.  They also offered a special beer sangria with a touch of brandy.  I took a sip and it was indeed tasty and this coming from a non-drinker. 
The small restaurant does not take reservations, and the place was packed Friday evening.  Get there early or be prepared to wait.  They also serve lunch and weekend brunch.  I can’t wait to go back. 
Boqueria, 53 West 19th Street (btw 5th & 6th Ave.)- Flatiron District

I went to Spain a few years ago; and I fell in love with the place. I also fell head over heels in love with the food. 

I had a huge craving for white anchovies and was looking for a place that served them in NYC.  I found them at Boqueria.  A slice of marinated/pickled white anchovy is served on a piece of toast with charred eggplant, and yogurt.  Delicious! It was a little fishy as anchovies are suppose to be. It’s definitely an acquired taste.  Only one other brave soul tried my anchovies…even better; more for me.  =)

My second craving was for tortilla española- an egg and potato omelet. This dish is typical of all tapas bars all around Spain.  Boqueria makes a good tortilla; though I don’t think I’ll find anything as good as Maribel’s mother’s home-cooked tortilla.  

The four of us shared a total of 12 different plates of tapas. All of them excellent.  And each plate had enough portions to share.  By the end of the night, we were all so stuffed and so content.  They also offered a special beer sangria with a touch of brandy.  I took a sip and it was indeed tasty and this coming from a non-drinker. 

The small restaurant does not take reservations, and the place was packed Friday evening.  Get there early or be prepared to wait.  They also serve lunch and weekend brunch.  I can’t wait to go back. 

Boqueria, 53 West 19th Street (btw 5th & 6th Ave.)- Flatiron District

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I had my first plate of white anchovies at a tapas bar called La Sacristia in Sevilla, Spain two years ago. I’m craving it now.  Where can I get this in NYC?
La Sacristia, Calle Mateos Gago, 18, 41004 Seville, Spain

I had my first plate of white anchovies at a tapas bar called La Sacristia in Sevilla, Spain two years ago. I’m craving it now.  Where can I get this in NYC?

La Sacristia, Calle Mateos Gago, 1841004 SevilleSpain

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Amazing Japanese tapas at Sakagura! Absolutely amazing!