i don't know if this has been reported here but RIO MAR is closed. gentrified out. notice on the window says they lost the lease and thanks for 24 years in the meatpacking district. also says to visit them at their sister tapas restaurant RIAZOR.
its a shame, i really liked RM. but they were increasing out of place in the neighborhood. i'll remember the regular bartender who would always only let me speak spanish and was kind about it while i struggled with the language. i'll also remember sitting for lunch with a roomful of guys in bloody white smocks--it was like something out of frankenstein. the food i'll miss is the bar tapas, sangria, the great paella and i'll even miss the gristly steaks.
so after gawking at that sad sight, spouse and i shared a fine nicoise salad (w/ extra anchovies) and awesome burger at FLORENT--which is fine as ever.