Tapas with a Gin and Tonic on the Lower East Side

Among the tapas and other Spanish bites at nine-month-old Cata on the Lower East Side, dishes grilled à la plancha are good bets: Mushrooms (with shallots and red wine) and mussels (with a tasty salsa verde) are two standouts, kathryn says on Chowhound. And, in a nod to a hot cocktail trend in Spain, Cata spotlights more than 20 variations on the gin and tonic—made with artisanal liquors and garnishes like bay leaf and Thai basil.

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