Times Square is changing: you see more and more interesting restaurants opening close to Port Authority, in an area where many restaurants care more about foot traffic than returning customers. So I was curious when I saw that Boqueria opened few steps from the busy bus station. We went on a Friday night and the place was packed, with the staff being a bit overwhelmed. We shared several dishes from the menu and I admit that it was tough to pick as there were plenty of delicious choices. Here is what we had:
I started with a glass of rosé, Frisach “L’Abrunet” Rosa 2017:
They then made a mix of croquettes, some with ham and the others with mushroom. They are succulent: crispy and gooey.
Tortilla española: a must have! It was soft and moist, literally melting in my mouth.
Pulpo a la plancha or grilled octopus, fennel, smoked pimentón, Picual olive oil mashed potatoes. The octopus was perfectly cooked, not rubbery at all. I just wish there was more…
Cheese plate composed of:
Old Manchego (hard sheep’s milk cheese from Castilla La Mancha),
Caña de Cabra (soft goat’s milk cheese from Murcia),
Aged Mahon (hard cow’s milk cheese from Illes Balears),
Pan con tomate.
We finished with churros, a must have in a Spanish restaurant. At Boqueria, they serve them in many ways and we opened for S’mores as Jodi loves it. It was two churro cookies, chocolate, cinnamon sugar and toasted marshmallow. A bit difficult to eat but so decadent!
This was a great meal: Boqueria is the perfect place for Spanish tapas. Their menu, quite extensive is mouth watering. I will definitely go back there!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Boqueria - 260 West 40th Street, NYC 10018