Already a beacon of superbly crafted, authentic yet creatively updated Spanish tapas, La Boca expanded into two distinct spaces in 2012. There's the intimate and quieter original storefront dining room that's better for a leisurely romantic repast, and in back, spilling out into a cloistered courtyard, there's Taberna, a bustling tavern with live music, ample seating indoor and out, and late hours. Both spaces feature the delectable small-plates cooking of celebrated chef
James Cambpell Caruso, and a full meal in either spot is similarly priced though just a tad pricier in the main restaurant, where the food also tends more toward contemporary: bocadillos (sandwiches) of pan-seared ahi or braised-beef tongue with green mustard, braised pork ribs with quince-clove glaze, grilled artichokes with Spanish goat cheese and mint). In both sections, there's a long list of fine Spanish wines and sherries, and great deals during the daily afternoon and (in Taberna) late-night happy hours.