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Restaurants & Bars 4

Meson Asturias

jwqns | Jul 14, 2003 11:40 PM

We had a lovely time at this old-time Galician restaurant in Jackson Heights/Elmhurst Saturday. Looking forward to exploring the menu in more depth--and finding out how the range of dishes, including tapas, stand up to this first meal--but it was a great beginning. We stuck with basics: paella for me, shrimps with green sauce for my wife, and both dishes came with a good caldo gallego starter. The paella had a lightness and freshness that made it special.

There was something dreamlike/timeless about the evening. An old-fashioned guitarist played Segovia and such. And the bar crowd (yes, I do know about the history that comes with this bar) was happily celebrating someone's birthday. Most people were in jeans, but the couple at the next table were quiet and elegant. She was in a fantastic black dress, he looked like a Spanish Vladimir Putin--and they fed each other fruit from the dregs of what looked to be a lovely sangria.

We had a tasty, bracing bottle of white and ended with very good cappuccinos. After we'd hung around for a while afterward to enjoy the music and atmosphere, I had a sherry (fine, but should have tried a porto) and my wife made the mistake of having a coffee instead of another cappuccino or an espresso.

So can't vouch for the range of the menu, but really one of the more fun restaurant experiences we've had in a while.

Location: 40-12 83rd Street (just off Roosevelt)

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