Las Ramblas

Tapas tends to add up, which is why I was shocked that our bill at Las Ramblas was startlingly cheap.  Five of us went to this tiny West Village spot to celebrate Beth’s birthday and even though we paid for Beth’s portion of the tab (which included six dishes and a pitcher of sangria) it…

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Casa Mono

There was a ton of pressure associated with Friday night’s restaurant pick.  It was my Daddy’s birthday and he had high expectations.  He left the picking entirely up to me, but I knew there were a few things he was hoping to get out of dinner.  My father loves game but doesn’t see it all…

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Boqueria

It had only been three weeks since I saw Marcy (aka: Brutus), but in that time enough transpired that we were in desperate need of some cocktails, a good meal, and some good old fashioned boy talk.  I was in the mood to check out someplace new so I sent Brutus a long list of…

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Gobble Gobble 2011

As usual, blogging has taken a backseat to family time while I was home for Thanksgiving.  Now that I’m back and attempting to reacclimate myself to normal life, it’s time for a Thanksgiving post.  The usual suspects for the main meal were all there, but what changed were the appetizers.  For the fourth year in…

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Salinas

Before heading out of town for the weekend, Steph and I met up for a dinner date on Thursday. We chose tapas restaurant Salinas because it was in a convenient location and the New York Times had given it a very good review on the day we were choosing where to eat. Even though the…

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Aldea

3 years.  That’s how long I’ve wanted to go to Aldea.  From the day it opened, this restaurant has been wowing critics and diners, and I wanted in on that action.  I didn’t just want to try it because it was the hot place to go; I wanted to try it because the Mediterranean and…

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Seconds Paella (again)

My parents don’t usually like to visit a place twice when they come to New York.  They figure there is so much great food to try, why miss out on a new restaurant by going back to the food you’ve already experienced.  They made an exception, however, for Socarrat Paella, a restaurant I’ve blogged about…

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Socarrat Paella

I love the new trend of specialty restaurants: places that only serve mac & cheese, meatballs, and now a paella restaurant.  Socarrat Paella is a tiny Chelsea restaurant with one looong table seating about 26 people.  They don’t take reservations, but the attached Socarrat Bar is a great place to wait with a glass of sangria…

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