Went to Azafran (77 Warren St.)last night. Good authentic-looking dishes. Decent prices on food. Excellent prices on Spanish wines and Cava. Our waitress seemed new at this but she was very pleasant.
We had an appetizer of cured Spanish meats and chorizo with well-matched cheeses, quince paste and a fig in a heavy Rioja wine sauce ($22).
Next, we had Croquettes Jamon, deelish w/bechamel.
A crab meat in filo pastry thing that was really good.
My wife took one of two on the order when I wasn't looking. Next time I'll be more careful.
And shrimp skewers with dates. Tasty but not on par with the other dishes. Kind of reminded what I didn't like about Mallorca.
Crema Catalan and a 10yr. Port(only $6!)
In summary, we got ripped-up on a $23 bottle of Cava and Port and stuffed with good food for $112 + tip.
One warning though, it is the loudest restaurant in recent memory.
Check it out.