There's nothing more fun than sitting back with a glass of wine and nibbling on small plates while catching up with an old friend. Luckily there are a ton of bars in NYC offering just that like Boqueria.
I hardly ever go to a tapas bar without ordering Datiles con Beicon...plump juicy dates stuffed with almonds and Veldeon cheese then wrapped in crisp bacon. They're super rich and sweet...definitely something to share with a friend.
As is the cheese...this time we tried the Rosemary Manchego a hard, nutty cheese with the strong evergreen flavor of rosemary in the rind. The only thing I don't share is the Berza y Zanahorias salad. Kale and cumin roasted carrots topped with pomegranate, sunflower seeds and dollops of labne yogurt drizzled with a citrus dressing.
The flavor reminds me a bit of our carrots at Manfreds and Vin with that sweet, nutty flavor I love so much. I usually ask to go light on the pomegranate seeds. I really enjoy them in the mix but sometimes they put so many on it overpowers the other components.
Overall Boqueria is just a solid place to kick back and relax over some tasty tapas. I wouldn't mind spending most of my afternoons doing just this.
171 Spring Street between Thompson & West Broadway