Memories of the days I spent in Spain are filled with late night dinners, flowing sangria, huge platters of paella, and an abundant mix of tapas to share for the table.
Upon returning I have found it difficult to translate those memories into life in NYC – that is until I came across Barraca in the West Village.
This eatery is serving up traditional Spanish tapas and seasonal sangrias until 3am.
I usually am extremely angered when a friend shows up an hour late, but in true Spanish fashion, I welcomed the late night 10:30pm dinner and filled the time with a glass of delicious sangria from the bar.
Fortunately for me, the food was worth the wait. Everything we ordered was gluten-free except the flatbread. In fact, a good portion of the menu (including the paella) is GF, just ask your server.
We skipped dessert because dinner was more than enough. Of all the dishes, my favorites were stuffed peppers, the short ribs & the brussels sprouts – although everything was great.
On a side note, apparently owners chef Jesus Nunez of the modern Spanish restaurant Gastroarte, and Héctor Sanz, founder of Quimeria Restaurant Group, which owns Rayuela and Macondo, are opening a sister restaruant directly next door – Melibea. I can’t wait to see (and try) the finished product.
Pros: Tapas! My favorite - you get to sample everything.
Cons: Tiny – make a reservation.