NYC Restaurant with Paella?

May 28th, 2007, 01:31 PM
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NYC Restaurant with Paella?

Any recommendations for pre-theatre?
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May 28th, 2007, 03:06 PM
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I've not been there so this isn't a personal recommendation, but Meson Sevilla on 46th between 8th and 9th (Restaurant Row)features paella in several versions. It seems to be quite popular.
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May 28th, 2007, 03:38 PM
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The only personal recommendation I can make for Paella pre-theatre (really? you want to eat a heavy rich meal like that before sitting in the theatre?) would be Solera (www.solerany.com) on East 53rd and Lexington. Very good food., wonderful service, GREAT Sangria, very spanish place . . .

But GOOD paella usually takes a while to make and at Solera, is made for two (around $30 each) not really what I would consider a pre-theatre meal - its'a really more of a feast meal . . .

Now traditionally, the Spanish eat late - and there are some very good Spanish places in lower Manhattan, most open for post-theatre dining. My favorite these days is Casa Mono on 18th and Irving Place. And Boqueria on W. 19th and 5th Avenue. really interesting, tasty food.

There are a few places that feel like they have been in business for 40 years (and actually HAVE been) - they are all the same menu, same waiters, wonderful in their own way - maybe not cutting edge food, but comforting and tasty and very fun with a group. They are all usually open pretty late - check them out on www.menupages.com They are:
Cafe Espanol (172 Bleecker); Malaga (73rd and 1st Ave); Riazor (245 W. 16th at 7th Ave) and that palce on West 23rd Street - Francisco's Centro Vasco.
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May 28th, 2007, 03:47 PM
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Thank you guys for the recommendations. I'll check them out. My husband is the one who really wants a Spanish restaurant and in particular the paella. I just told him what you said, and he responded that it wouldn't bother him. He's a foodie, but I'm not. I guess my dd and I will try to find something lighter on the menu and take a walk before the show. We leave Wednesday. Again, thanks.
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May 28th, 2007, 04:29 PM
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mp, I think I will change my itinerary and eat at the Spanish restaurant on a non-theatre day. Thanks for your thoughts.
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If he is a foody I would skip the paella and go stright for the tapas. Xunta, pronounced Shunta and means borough or parish in Gallego, on First Ave and 11th Street has excellent and genuine tapas. There is also Bar Carrera on 2nd Ave and 10th Street. It is more modern but goos. I like these much more than the fussy Cafe Mono.
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Last night we did tapas after theatre at Tintol -- recommended by editor Doug Stallings here. It is more Portugese than Spanish. It is on 46 just east of Times Square. Great wines by the glass. We had lamb meatballs, stuffed calamari, beef skewers, and spinach with raisins and pine nuts. All was excellent.
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Jun 27th, 2008, 12:24 PM
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Anyone been to La Paella? UWS I think.
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Jun 27th, 2008, 12:27 PM
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The best paella in New York is not convenient to the theater district, but, then again, few of the better restaurants are.

La Paelaa is in the East Village and it's incredible.

www.lapaellanyc.com
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Jun 27th, 2008, 12:28 PM
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Pardon my misspelling ... it's La Paella obviously.

www.lapaellanyc.com
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Jun 27th, 2008, 01:37 PM
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Tintol is no longer there.
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This is not near theatre, but there is Euzkadi, a Basque restaurant. I've been there twice -- once was very good, the second time was not as good but still decent.
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Jun 27th, 2008, 02:21 PM
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The original post is from 2007 . . . .
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What a coincidence. I'm OP on this thread from my last trip to NYC, end of May 2007/early June, and I am planning my next NYC trip right now. I just reserved my hotel a few minutes ago, although I'm not going until Fall.
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It occurs to me that I didn't think to come back to this thread since I wrote a report of my trip, but, mp, I did go to Solera, pre-theatre. It was very good and dh especially enjoyed it, so thank you. Thanks to all for the recommendations.

<<DH and I split Paella marinara - Paella with lobster, shrimp, calamares, scallops, clams and mussels. The Paella, salads, desserts were very good. My husband drank far too much Sangria. The food was very good and the décor lovely.<<
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