Tapas Top Ten: Taste Your Way Through NYC

Gwyneth Paltrow, a film actress, and Mario Batali, a chef, are on a tour of Spain in search of the best Spanish tapas. We don’t have to travel far to see this important segment of Spain’s culinary culture.

“Tapas,” small bites,” pintxo,” cichetti, and now “stuzzichini,” all are words that describe New York’s love affair with small dishes. These small dishes are often 1920s cocktails accompanied by wines from the region. Even though small plates can be expensive, especially if you’re sitting down at a bar with your best friend, tapas menus often offer combination plates that are often a great deal. It’s a great way for an evening to share a few of these plates with a bottle, carafe or quartino, mezzo or flight.

Here are my recommendations for the ten best Tapas Bars in New York City.

Sangria 46

The authentic Spanish cuisine and beautiful backyard garden of this Spanish newcomer are getting rave reviews from theatergoers as well as neighborhood diners. You can choose from the Tapas menu or the Pre-theater menu which includes Vegetable Paella and Mussels Diablo. All day and night, three courses are available for $26.95.

Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol’s menu features authentic Spanish cuisine, based on Galicia in Northwest Spain. Although they may not agree on all the favorites, there are some that fans will love: Paella Valenciana (with Lobster), Bacalau (codfish), with Green Sauce, Asparagus Puree and Madrid NY Sirloin with Lobster Tail.

Most agree that the restaurant’s location in the Theater District has kept it from being dominated by the same old themes as other central theater spots. Tapas are authentic and diverse, and DiningFever offers 15% off your entire order.

Sol y Sombra

This Upper West Side newcomer is quickly becoming a neighborhood favourite. They offer a wide selection of tapas (both hot and cold) and authentic Spanish entrees.

It is easy to create a delicious meal with small plates. Many people say that the Pulpo a la Gallego, the Queso Manchego (Galician-style Octopus), and the Queso Manchego accompanied with raisin bread & sliced apples as well as the Codorniz En Escabeche (marinated quail served with mixed salad and roasted figs), are great choices. DiningFever offers 15% off your entire order


International guests as well as neighborhood residents have all praised Azafran’s ever-changing menu and its status among the top Spanish restaurants in New York. Azafran’s tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine are a result of Azafran’s inspiration. DiningFever’s exclusive deal allows you to enjoy Azafran’s warm ambiance and delicious food while saving up to 25%

Bar Stuzzichini

Bar Stuzzichini is the newest hot spot of the Flatiron District. They have been packing them in all the summer. The long marble-topped bar makes it the ideal place to enjoy the small appetizers that the restaurant is named after.

This casual Italian restaurant serves stuzzichini. They are classified into five types on the menu: Friti (Friti), Verdure, Formaggi and Salumi. Individually, these items cost between $5.00 and $10.00. However, you can order five plates for $22.00. You can have a wonderful meal for two by ordering these, along with a dessert and a bottle of wine or quartino from our all-Italian wine selection.

Matador Bistro Latino

Matador’s Tapas menu combines Latin and contemporary cuisines with Asian and Middle Eastern influences. Matador Bistro Latino can be found on Greenwich Avenue, in the West Village. It offers individual dishes starting at $3.00 and ending at $9.00. But, for true Latin food lovers, we recommend the Plato de Carcuteria y Queso which is a platter of meats, cheeses, and olives for just $14.00. Enjoy 20% off your dinner bill when you stay for dinner. You can also enjoy a complimentary glass Sangria from DiningFever.com.


The all-Tapas menu features many creative and unique dishes. Greenwich Village is a great place to bring your friends. Grab a table, or two bars seats, and enjoy a few small plates. Prices range from $3.00 for Marcona almonds to $14.00 on Sauteed Fois Grains. This moderately priced (and delicious!) meal can be completed with a bottle of wine from France, Spain, or Italy. Meal.

Antique Garage

This romantic Soho spot is located at Mercer St. bet. Grand & Broome St.’s culinary influences include Turkish, Turkish, and French cuisines. The owners invite guests to “fill their tables with small plates from the Meze Section,” which offers two combinations platters, including a variety of meats and cheeses, and a sample of meze such as humus and tzatziki, cucumber salad, circassian poultry, borek and borek. Take 15% off your order with DiningFever from Sunday to Tuesday evenings.

I Trulli Enoteca

I Trulli Ristorante’s tiny offshoot, I Trulli Enoteca, is located adjacent to it. The Enoteca menu offers a carefully curated selection of meats, cheeses and olives from Italy’s Apulian region. You can choose three or five ($18.00), and pair it with one of the many flights of three wines ranging in price from $11.00 up to $18.00.

La Bodeguita

We will one day be allowed to travel to Cuba. Until then, La Bodeguita is your best option! You can create an amazing meal at this Cuban Tapas Lounge located in Gramercy Park. But, make sure to save some room for one La Bodeguita’s delicious Cuban entrees.