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Tintol - it is what it is

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Tintol - it is what it is

binkis | Apr 29, 2006 03:29 PM

My wife and I went to Tintol this week, prior to seeing a show. I must say that it's very exciting to have a new semi-upscale place in the theatre district that isn't over on 9th.

The wine selection was very impressive, with most wines available by the glass. Our waiter recommended a particular wine (one of the cheaper ones, which was nice) and it was terrific.

Wish I could say the same for the food. Some items were good, but most were mediocre. None were out-and-out bad. The octopus salad was terrific. It's been recommended on this board before and was a highlight. The spicy salami was unremarkable, but the clams with garlic and cilatro were delicious.

The grilled chorizo was presented very fancy - it was placed on a ceramic dish with "slats" and they poured an alcohol into the base and lit it on fire - your own mini-grill on the table! (Perhaps all the "grill" dishes are presented in this fashion?) Unfortunately, the chorizo itself was dry and lacking flavor.

The beet salad was pretty good and the monkfish was pretty but lacking flavor.

Service was very friendly and the decor was nice. Total bill (with one glass of wine each) was $83, which seemed high for what we got. For tapas, I'd much rather return to Tia Pol.

I'm not sure we'll hurry back, but it's tough to knock a restaurant in Times Square that is at least trying to be a little better than the rest of the neighborhood schlock.

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