I love Spanish tapas so I've dying to try this place for awhile. I had tried to go to the original location in Boston twice but the wait was always too long. Luckily, I made a reservation and were promptly seated at 7pm on a Saturday at this location in Meatpacking/Chelsea. FYI- entrance is a bit hard to find as it on the 11th Avenue side. Also, your whole party must be here to get seated. Cool vibe with high ceilings, massive windows, and chalkboards . There is the standard bullhead and Spanish accents to remind you it's a tapas place. You don't have to get overly dressed up (to dine here) either as it was sort of a relaxed vibe. Service was excellent whether it was to check on us, refill drinks, and bring new plates -our waiter was always around. The food came out in a nice fashion - not too rushed so you could enjoy the current course but fast enough that we weren't hungry between courses. Now the food. We got 5 tapas and 1 desert to split. The first two dishes were a bit on the smaller size for tapas but the next 3 were much bigger portion tapas. All in all with what we ordered, we were stuffed. Tortilla Espanola ($7) - egg, potato, omelette cooked into a pie. It was a smallish piece but absolutely perfect. Escalivada Catalana ($9)- eggplant dip of sorts. It was very flavorful and creamy and came with bread to dip in. Nice compliment to the remainder of the hot dishes. Patatas Bravas ($11) - the standard potatoes w/aioli and spicy pepper sauce. Among the best potatoes I have had - just the right amount of texture to make them crunchy w/o being overly fried They also put the sauces underneath instead of on top which made it so that each piece had some sauce. Delicious! Chorizo y Garbanzos ($10) - chorizo and beans. Excellent chorizo w/the right amount of spice. The beans were also good but would have wanted a tiny bit more spice/sauce on the bean portion of the dish. Gambas Al Ajillo ($17) - grilled garlic shrimp. So so good. The shrimp were drenched in the garlic sauce which was delicious and the shrimp were cooked perfectly. Mousse w/olive oil ice cream - the ultimate in salty and sweet deserts. Loved the flavors together with the sweet mousse and salty, crunchy ice cream. Not only it did it look amazing, it tasted amazing. All in all, a great experience from service to menu to food. A highly recommended dining experience.
Heather L. on Jun 26, 2016