Got a chance to dine at Flor de Sol for dinner last night, and since there aren't many recent threads about it I'd thought I'd share my experience. My girlfriend and I were greeted with the same service that I unfurtunately sometimes recieve being a college guy dressed in jeans etc., with a high school aged female companion. That is to say, the waiter seemed to over exaggerate all of his waiterly duties and actions which made the whole thing seem at best creepy, and at worst condescending. Being 19 and not in the mood to test my server, we declined drinks (sangria, too), and service become slightly more curt within the starting moments of the meal. That said, it was all about the food, which was an $85(no drink, dessert, mains, coffee or tip)series of hits and misses, and I was only wowed by the grilled calamari with lemon , garlic and olive oil - perfectly done in my opinion. The small, chinese take-out-lo-mein sized garlic shrimp lacked any flavor at all, and at ~$13, hurts when i think about it. The 5 clams in garlic sauce shared the same lack of flavor as the shrimp, and the only things I didn't fully regret ordering were the ham croquettes, olives and Meat plate, and of course the grilled squid. Surely there is better to be had for $100... or less.
Anyway, that brings me to: What tapas places(midtown and below) would I enjoy going to, keeping in mind that killer sangria is not gonna sell the spot for me.
My to-go list includes: Las Ramblas and Tia Pol in that order. Anything else I should look at?