Mon, 5:30pm-11pm; Tue-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-10:30pm.
C, E at 23rd St.
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This diminutive Chelsea tapas bar is possibly the best traditional Spanish restaurant in a town curiously devoid of such things. The food is Basque, to be precise, and includes crunchy, creamy croquettes (which change daily), skewers of lamb marinated in garlic, little pyramids of batter-fried shark, and endless varieties of cod. Everything is modestly priced and modestly sized, so if you don’t like one dish, do what the tapeadores do and order three others.Extra
Eating at the bar is as comfortable and spacious as eating at a table.Recommended Dishes
Green peppers, $9; lamb skewers, $7/$14; chorizo al jerez, $5; patatas bravas, $8; squid in ink with rice, $13