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Toro – No Bull

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: The hottest table in NYC right now, so prepare to fight your way to the bar and shout to your friends; High ceilings and big windows, but warm wood softens the industrial-style space
  • sip: House cocktails are offered (various concoctions with port, madeira, sherry, and gin - apparently it's popular now in Barcelona), but opt for sangria on tap or a Spanish Red from the fairly reasonable wine list
  • savor: Erizos Con Caviar, Setas, Ensalada Cortada, Lobster & Black Truffle Paella
  • sit: A table away from the bar is ideal for your eardrums, and a seat with a view of the open kitchen in back is even better
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 85 10th Avenue (entrance on 15th Street, right at 11th Ave)
  • phone number: (212) 691-2360
  • website: www.toro-nyc.com
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Francisco’s Centro Vasco-Lalalalalala Lobster

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: This place is a funny throwback; the walls are covered with an old if not pleasant mural of sunny seaside Spain; giant 20lb lobster claws dangle from the wall randomly, in case you forgot what the main attraction of this place is
  • sip: Red Sangria, aka Happy Juice
  • savor: Baked clams oreganato; lobster; shrimp with green sauce
  • sit: Bring anyone who can appreciate the novelty of this place, or wants a big lobster; definitely not a first date place, because you need to get down and dirty with some lobster and garlic to really understand what this place is about
  • spend: $$
  • address: 159 West 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th)
  • phone number: 212-645-6224
  • website: www.franciscoscentrovasco.com
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Degustation- Foodie Fun

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: it is all about the food here; all seats are situated on a wood bar around an open kitchen so that you can watch the chefs do their thang
  • sip: Spanish wines; cava
  • savor: croquettas; egg with pork belly
  • sit: I recommend going with only one other person, because unless you get corner seats, you sitting side by side, so it would be hard to chat with a group; this place is for serious foodies, so don't bring your picky or allergic friend
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 239 East 5th Street (off 2nd Ave)
  • phone number: 212-979-1012
  • website: www.degustationnyc.com