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79 Solid

Toro is less interested in intimate dining than in profits. But it has its charms.

85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011


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The lowdown

Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s great aircraft carrier of a restaurant in the Meatpacking District doesn’t conjure up images of intimate little bar hangouts back in old Catalonia, but with a wide-ranging, faithfully executed menu like this, who cares? The familiar members of the great tapas canon (a thin, garlicky pan con tomate, dry-cured chorizo with ibérico ham) are decently represented here, but pay attention to some of the more radical innovations, like slim house croquettes made with salt cod, served with tempura lemon rings and aïoli; and the chefs’ delicious pressed sea-urchin sandwich, with miso butter and pickled mustard seeds.

Adam Platt

What you need to know

Insider Tips Paella 101 classes are offered for groups of 2 to 10; the chef’s table seats 10 to 16.

Recommended DishesBocadillo de erizos; patatas bravas; morcilla.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!