Its time to fiesta at some really exciting Spanish restaurants! With a very large population of people of Spanish descent, New York has some of the finest Americanized Spanish food.
Cafe Riazor ($25 & under) 245 W. 16th St. (btw. 7th Ave. & 8th Ave.), 727-2132 M-F 12pm-1am, Sa & Su 12pm-2am
El Charro ($27 & under) 4 Charles St. (btw. Greenwich Ave. & 7th Ave.), 242-9547 M-F 12pm-12am, Sa & Su 12pm-1am This Spanish restaurant has been around for 70 years! Their specialties include: broiled sausages, octopus salad with olive oil, gazpacho & the ever-popular paella.
El Cid ($25 & under) 322 W. 15th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave.), 929-9332 Tu-Su 5pm-11pm
El Quijote ($28 & under) 226 W. 23rd St. (btw. 7th Ave. & 8th Ave.), 929-1855 M-Su 12pm-12am
La Paella ($24 & under) 214 E. 9th St. (btw. 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.), 598-4321M-Su 5pm-12am
Malaga ($28 & under) 406 E. 73rd St. (btw. 1st Ave. & York Ave.), 737-7659 M-Su 12pm-11pm Come and try the house special: broiled butterfly lobster with seafood stuffing.
Sevilla ($28 & under) 62 Charles St. (@ W. 4th St.), 929-3189 M-Su 12pm-12am Experience some of Spain's best dishes at Sevilla and don't forget the sangria. It's reportedly the best in town!
Solera ($50-$80) 216 E. 53rd St. (btw. 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.), 644-1166 M-Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat 5:30pm-11pm This upscale Spanish restaurant is definitely one to talk about. Chef Mariano Aznar prepares the main courses throughout the night, but for starters, you might want to try the ham croquetas or the fried calamari with the tomato vinaigrette. Reservations come highly recommended as are jackets, for men. Ties are optional.
Xunta ($23 & under) 174 1st Ave. (@ 11th St.), 614-0620 M-Su 4pm-12am Xunta offers over 40 tapas for appetizers, so there's bound to be one that agrees with your taste buds.