You need a spot for a group dinner in Midtown East, and one person told you he just started a keto diet while two others are in the mood for “maybe seafood.” Rather than spending half the day studying menus and reading fitness blogs, just tell everyone to meet you at Socarrat. This Spanish spot has a long menu of tapas - we especially like the grilled calamari and the beef cheeks - as well as big bowls of paella ideal for sharing. If you’re here with just one other person, grab a small table outside on 2nd Avenue.
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The best way for us to give you the lowdown on this place is to explain that it's really two different experiences: the bar, and the dining room. One is a three course, prixe fixe fine dining experience, the other sleek, more relaxed, often features some Action at the Bar. If you're going, go big and eat in the dining room.
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El Quinto Pino
This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.
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Mercado Little Spain
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