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Question re: Tapas and Spanish food generally

zin1953 | Apr 5, 201507:10 PM

A good friend of ours is a Japanese chef who has been invited to cook at the James Beard House on Wednesday, May 13th, and we're flying in to attend . . . well, obviously that's dinner for one night.

I am looking for *both* tapas/pintxos, either for lunch or for pre-dinner appetizers with a great wines-by-the-glass selection, *and* for a Spanish and/or Basque dinner, also with a great wine list . . .

Yes, I've searched and read through several threads --
-- and several others, and to a certain extent, I'm a bit more confused that I was when I stated . . .

Some ideas include, in alphabetical order
Despeña Tapas Café
El Porrón
El Pote
El Quinto Pino
La Fonda del Sol
Tia Pol
. . . and many more.

And that's precisely the problem. How to choose? Life's too short to waste on a mediocre, or even "good" meal. So what's great?

Thanks in advance for your help.

James Beard House,
Boqueria Spanish Tapas - Upper East Side,
Boqueria Spanish Tapas - Flatiron,
El Porrón,
El Pote Español,
El Quinto Pino,
Kana Tapas Bar,
La Fonda Del Sol,
Tía Pol,
La Fonda Boricua
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