I'm going to be in New York at the end of next week. The excuse for a trip now is to see the show of Spanish art at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. So I decided it would be a good idea to chow down on some Spanish food while in the city. I know nothing about Spanish food.
I posted to the Manhattan and Outer Boroughs boards and got some responses, but one poster suggested that for really authentic Spanish food I head to Penn Station in Newark and stroll down Ferry Street to the east, toward Ironbound. He said that's the only place to get the genuine thing in the New York area (as opposed to trendy tapas spots, to which I have no objection but I want more than just that).
So here's my question: Does anyone have any recommendations for authentic great Spanish food that would be pretty much within walking distance of Penn Station Newwark (an area I know NOTHING about)? I am not particularly concerned about ambiance or price. I am open to the food of any region. And I have no special interest in the cliches of Spanish cuisine (i.e., tapas and paella) but also no antipathy towards them. But I'd love to be able to try dishes that, to the average midwestern palate, might be considered idiosyncratic, or that might feature ingredients or cooking techniques that one would not normally encounter here in Michigan. A good wine list and helpful staff would certainly be appreciated.
Also, I don't particularly want to eat alone and have no idea who I could get to cross the dreaded Hudson with me. Any Chowhounds want to meet in Newark for a Spanish feast? Thanks!