Spurred on by some recent posts, went to La Mancha last night. Extremely nice people, especially the hostess.
We started with some tapas (bacon wrapped dates and tortilla) and I can heartily recommend both of those. The tortilla was the right texture - firm not rubbery and had the right balance of garlicy potato and egg (too often in NY, it seems that this dish is just bland omelet). Portions were extremely generous.
The other big hit was the sangria, the "small" pitcher seemed bottomless, and it was fruity and good. The best part was when we got the check - $15 (the price of 2 glasses in a lot of places).
Sadly, we were both disappointed in our mains. I had the paella valenciana, and the predominant taste was the overly fishy rather off tasting calamari. The chicken was in huge tough unappetizing chunks. Somehow, it all didn't cohere into a paella, but was more yellow rice with unappealing things on top (does this make sense?) I really didn't enjoy it, and would have said something except I was stuffed from the tapas. My companion had the ternera alla plancha (veal), which he didn't like either.
I will definitely be back for tapas and sangria and maybe flan (it looked good, but we were overly full at that point). But my paella craving remains unsatisfied...
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