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Restaurant Spotlight: Boqueria

Just blocks from StuyTown is the Flatiron district, home to many fantastic restaurants. In New York City alone, the options are endless. However, one must try restaurant is Boqueria, located at 53 West 19th St, just a few blocks from Madison Square Park. The Flatiron location is one of three Boqueria restaurants in New York, with another location in Washington DC and Hong Kong.

About Boqueria

 This Mediterranean and Spanish influenced restaurant is known for its tapas, drawing inspiration from the finest tapas bars of Spain. Many people come just for a few drinks and end up staying to enjoy a few rounds of some of the most outstanding tapas in New York City. The executive chef of Boqueria is Marc Vidal, who joined the restaurant in 2010 after working with some the world's greatest Michelin starred chefs. Chef Vidal's start in the culinary world came early, where as a boy in Barcelona he would help out in his grandmother's restaurant after school.

Cuisine

 The menu is fresh, offering weekly specials based on what came into the restaurant however favorites like dates wrapped with bacon "Datiles con Beicon" or spicy potatoes "Patatas Bravas" are always on the menu. Typical lunch fare includes salads with various proteins, sandwiches (with Serrano ham, housemade pork sausage, or grilled free-range chicken, among others), and meat & cheese plates. 

Dinner is where Boqueria shines with quite a range of dishes, including a healthy selection of vegetarian tapas like Pimientos de Padron (blistered Shishito peppers). Seafood plates and meat tapas are still well represented with dishes such as Pulpo a la Plancha (grilled octopus) or Cojonudo (fried quail eggs and chorizo). There is also a chef's menu if you really want to experience the best of Boqueria at $45 a person or $60 for the chef's menu with Jamon Iberico. 

Brunch is also served on Saturday and Sunday for $39 per person from a special brunch menu. It may be limited, but the options won't leave you wanting for anything with such offerings as Albondigas (lamb meatballs), Croquetas de Setas (muchroom croquettes), Paella, or Torrija (french toast).

 Don't forget about dessert. Boqueria has several delicious desserts to choose from like Churros or Turron, an almond and hazelnut cake.

 Reservations and Hours

Reservations can be made, and are often encouraged as the restaurant fills up fast. Boqueria uses OpenTable, which you can access through their website through the reservations link or the OpenTable website alone.

 Boqueria Flatiron is open from 12pm - 10:30pm Sunday through Thursday, with the bar menu open until 11pm, and open from 12pm-11:30pm Friday and Saturday, with the bar menu open until midnight. You can also order take out to pick up, or have it delivered through Caviar.

 One thing is for certain, you will not leave hungry from Boqueria and you will be counting the days until you can go again.

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