What’s more luxurious than sipping sangria in the sunshine while nibbling bacon-wrapped everything? That’s right. Nothing. Check out our top tapas picks that New York City has to offer.
1 ABC Cocina
Locally sourced. Globally artistic. An interior to rival the best of NYC...which comes as no surprise, given ABC Cocina's namesake and proprietor. Michelin starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten helms the holistic and environmentally conscious ABC culinary empire, a juxtaposition of design and inventive fare drawing crowds of foodies from across the globe. Round up the tapas troops and order an array of plates to share from the menu's sensory-friendly categories. Whether in a light & bright, golden & crispy, or grilled & roasted mood, ABC Cocina's garden and farm-to-table fare does not cease to delight.
38 East 19th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South
Chef Harrison Mosher's offbeat presentations and welcoming bar offer a slightly adapted version of Spain's standard tapas for the American palate. Yes, there are bacon wrapped dates and olives. Yes, there are also fried goat cheese fritters with lavender infused honey. Yes, the double-height ceilings and petite alcoves beg to be reserved for date night. Feeling indulgent? Order the whole menu in one shot. It may cost a pretty penny, but always a good option to keep in the back pocket as a wild card. Alta's inventive array of small plates and romantic, fireplaced interior keep late-night foodies coming back for more. The old-world wine list doesn't hurt either.
64 West 10th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
The rebirth of South Chelsea's iconic Nabisco factory has brought forth an incarnation of a Barcelona-style tapas bar focusing on both traditional and modern tapas, combining regional Spanish flavors with market-driven ingredients. From Spanish tuna belly with tomato tapenade on toast to "mackerel tartare with stuff that we all really like," paired with inventive takes on the run-of-the-mill gin and tonic, Toro's menu ranges from ordinary to extraordinary to suit both the tame and adventurous palate. Head here with a date for a glass of something good and an interactive dining experience that'll be the envy of all those Instagram followers.
85 Tenth Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets
Chef Seamus Mullen's award-winning ode to the tradition of tapas boasts an honest, sophisticated menu with rave reviews from New York's toughest critics. Not bad for his first solo project. The Chopped judge's stints in Europe serve as inspiration for his approachable, modern Northern Spanish cuisine with a name that pays homage to the literary salons of old-world Spain, a term used today to describe a gathering of friends marked by great conversation, food, and drink. Tertulia's very own address was once home to a veritable New York speakeasy, adding to the authenticity of the brick-walled haunt. The jamon Ibérico de Bellota is arguably the best in the city, so head on down for a plate or three to share (or not to share).
359 Sixth Avenue at Washington Place
5 Casa Mono & Bar Jamón
Meet New York's twin tapas restaurants, situated side by side on Irving Place and 17th Street complete with one Michelin star and al fresco dining for those warm summer months. Bar Jamón marries the essence of a neighborhood New York haunt with the authenticity of Spanish and Catalán tradition and style. Its neighbor and sister spot Casa Mono lies just one door down, sharing a wine list of over 600 varietals and slinging raciones of Catalan specialties from all corners of the Iberian Peninsula. Executive Chef Andy Nusser's hearty dishes are reminiscent of his time and extensive training spent along Spain's Costa Brava, resulting in a unique adoptive cuisine featuring daring and exploratory plates one won't soon forget.
52 Irving Place at 17th Street