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Taberna

429 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024 40.784163 -73.97757
nr. 82st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
917-388-3500 Send to Phone

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Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 79th St.; B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining

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Taberna has all the ingredients of a top-notch tapas restaurant, but despite its chef’s considerable credentials (he spent more than a decade at Madrid’s esteemed Balzac), it doesn’t quite distinguish itself. The room is decorated in an authentic Spanish style, with terra cota-style walls and dark wood tables setting off a handsome, well-stocked bar, but a distractingly uptempo soundtrack undercuts much of the romance. The tapas itself is good, if occasionally off-balance: a sweet-savory strawberry gazpacho overwhelms its scallop garnish; a disk of oniony salmon tartare topped by a raw quail egg leans towards a Japanese flavor profile; an otherwise tasty beef carpaccio is oddly served on a slice of flavorless white bread. The most satisfying choices are those, like the well-curated meat and cheese plates, that call the least on the kitchen’s creativity.

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