Boqueria

★★★★☆
Shared Spanish small plates in a lively yet elegant Flatiron nook.
  • 53 W 19th St

    New York, NY 10011

    Cross street: nr. Sixth Ave.

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  • 212-255-4160

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JUST GO ELSEWHERE - OR BRING EARPLUGS AND PLAN TO TEXT INSTEAD OF TALK. Went with a friend for early dinner (6 pm). Noise level was unbearable, louder than a heavy metal rock concert. The 20-somethings at our communal table sensibly were

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★★★★★

JUST GO ELSEWHERE - OR BRING EARPLUGS AND PLAN TO TEXT INSTEAD OF TALK. Went with a friend for early dinner (6 pm). Noise level was unbearable, louder than a heavy metal rock concert. The 20-somethings at our communal table sensibly were

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Went there July 22nd. Very busy, nice crowd & atmosphere. The food however was not what I had become accustomed to at Boqueria. I had been to both the Flatiron and Soho branches at least a dozen times and had always enjoyed it there. I was told by a friend that the chef had changed, but that most of the menu stayed the same.

We ordered 7 dishes, but were disappointed with all of them. The only dish we liked was an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, but we had to fight for the very few pieces of tomato in the dish. The dish was fresh and tasty, but was mostly composed of watermelon and salad. From there on, a bit of a disaster. The lamb cubes were under seasoned and rough. We had to return the burnt patatas bravas, which should be very easy to master. The second rendition was barely any better. The stuffed dates (filled with ham, cheese and almonds and formerly one of my favorite side dishes) were too sweet. The bacalao was runny and had a strange flavor to it (which might explain why I was later sick from what was most likely food poisoning).

While the service was polite and pleasant, it certainly felt very rushed. All of our dishes except for the bacalao were served within 10 minutes. At this point (9:30pm), there were a good number of empty tables, so I am not sure why we were being rushed.

I had many good meals at Boqueria, but I am afraid I will not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there July 22nd. Very busy, nice crowd & atmosphere. The food however was not what I had become accustomed to at Boqueria. I had been to both the Flatiron and Soho branches at least a dozen times and had always enjoyed it there. I was told by a friend that the chef had changed, but that most of the menu stayed the same.

We ordered 7 dishes, but were disappointed with all of them. The only dish we liked was an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, but we had to fight for the very few pieces of tomato in the dish. The dish was fresh and tasty, but was mostly composed of watermelon and salad. From there on, a bit of a disaster. The lamb cubes were under seasoned and rough. We had to return the burnt patatas bravas, which should be very easy to master. The second rendition was barely any better. The stuffed dates (filled with ham, cheese and almonds and formerly one of my favorite side dishes) were too sweet. The bacalao was runny and had a strange flavor to it (which might explain why I was later sick from what was most likely food poisoning).

While the service was polite and pleasant, it certainly felt very rushed. All of our dishes except for the bacalao were served within 10 minutes. At this point (9:30pm), there were a good number of empty tables, so I am not sure why we were being rushed.

I had many good meals at Boqueria, but I am afraid I will not return.

Pros: Nice crowd and atmosphere

Cons: Quality of food has really slipped, expedited service

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I was surprised when I entered the restaurant, from the description, I expected fairly small and cramped seating. It wasn't. The decor was clean, minimal and very comfortable. All the tables and chairs were at bar level, which I liked. Like I said high hopes. We sat down and ordered our drinks, a spicy bloody mary.
Sadly, I cannot recommend the Bloody Mary. I wondered why they accompanied the drink with an anchovy (along with an olive, cheese and pepper). Its because their version of a Bloody Mary was basically cocktail sauce on ice, I wish it had been accompanied with shrimp. Did I mention that it wasn't spicy?

We waited 40 minutes for our meal from when we ordered it. I ordered Bocata Boqueria (egg sandwich, chorizo, market vegetables). I enjoyed the side salad (market vegetables). I don't eat potatoes and the eggs were basically a scramble with chorizo. Did I mention that my eggs were cold and a little pathetic looking? they were. I felt like I was served someone's left overs after looking at my neighbor's plate, who had ordered the same dish. My companion ordered a medium burger with bacon. The burger came out rare and cold. We sent it back. Twenty minutes later, after i shared and finished my salad and the sad scrambled eggs of my dish, the replacement burger arrived. It was more well done than medium but that was better than it being raw. He said it was ok, but nothing ruins a meal than having to send something back.

What I found really disappointing was that people who came in after us received their food in a timely manner and left before I did. In addition, the person sitting next to me ordered the same dish I did and it looked much better.
We didn't try any tapas, but unfortunately I have no interest in returning to try it.
We work so hard to earn a living in such an expensive city that I would rather spend my money on a restaurant that did not disappoint.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was surprised when I entered the restaurant, from the description, I expected fairly small and cramped seating. It wasn't. The decor was clean, minimal and very comfortable. All the tables and chairs were at bar level, which I liked. Like I said high hopes. We sat down and ordered our drinks, a spicy bloody mary.
Sadly, I cannot recommend the Bloody Mary. I wondered why they accompanied the drink with an anchovy (along with an olive, cheese and pepper). Its because their version of a Bloody Mary was basically cocktail sauce on ice, I wish it had been accompanied with shrimp. Did I mention that it wasn't spicy?

We waited 40 minutes for our meal from when we ordered it. I ordered Bocata Boqueria (egg sandwich, chorizo, market vegetables). I enjoyed the side salad (market vegetables). I don't eat potatoes and the eggs were basically a scramble with chorizo. Did I mention that my eggs were cold and a little pathetic looking? they were. I felt like I was served someone's left overs after looking at my neighbor's plate, who had ordered the same dish. My companion ordered a medium burger with bacon. The burger came out rare and cold. We sent it back. Twenty minutes later, after i shared and finished my salad and the sad scrambled eggs of my dish, the replacement burger arrived. It was more well done than medium but that was better than it being raw. He said it was ok, but nothing ruins a meal than having to send something back.

What I found really disappointing was that people who came in after us received their food in a timely manner and left before I did. In addition, the person sitting next to me ordered the same dish I did and it looked much better.
We didn't try any tapas, but unfortunately I have no interest in returning to try it.
We work so hard to earn a living in such an expensive city that I would rather spend my money on a restaurant that did not disappoint.

Pros: Casual and friendly ambiance; Nice decor and layout

Cons: slow service

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I may not be a foodie, but I've been to Barcelona and went to amazing tapas restaurants.
Boqueria took me back to Spain.
The croquetas were perfection.
There was a selection of 4 different types of jamon. I ordered one and it was so good. For those that have had good jamon in Spain, it's just not the same here in the states, but Boqueria's simple jamon with bread was so yummy.

The service is great. From hostess, to the bartender to our server, everyone was on top of things.

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★★★★★

I may not be a foodie, but I've been to Barcelona and went to amazing tapas restaurants.
Boqueria took me back to Spain.
The croquetas were perfection.
There was a selection of 4 different types of jamon. I ordered one and it was so good. For those that have had good jamon in Spain, it's just not the same here in the states, but Boqueria's simple jamon with bread was so yummy.

The service is great. From hostess, to the bartender to our server, everyone was on top of things.

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Awesome selection of tappas, definitely try the jamon cerrano. The Sangria is great too, but be warned it's $32/pitcher which can add up quickly.

I have gone multiple times with groups of 3-6 and the longest I have ever waited in 15mins.

Great time for friends or co-workers, reasonably priced, definitely worth a trip!

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★★★★★

Awesome selection of tappas, definitely try the jamon cerrano. The Sangria is great too, but be warned it's $32/pitcher which can add up quickly.

I have gone multiple times with groups of 3-6 and the longest I have ever waited in 15mins.

Great time for friends or co-workers, reasonably priced, definitely worth a trip!

Pros: Great food, atmosphere, sangria

Cons: None

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Boqueria in Flatiron is an excellent choice with two important exceptions - I'll get to them in a minute. On the positive side, the variety and quality of tapas is terrific. I'm a foodie and passionate about markets from Barcelona to Sao Paulo to Mumbai. This place knows its food. We had the Serrano, sardinas, saladas and gambas to start and the paella and fideua as mains, washed down by a couple of bottles of grenache (excellent) and tempranillo (average). Overall, this place was very good and our party of four had a great time.

Now for the issues -- more for the management than patrons, necessarily. The tapas of sardinas essentially had one sardine each for $12 each. Even by NY standards that's a rip. I discreetly mentioned to the waitress that I thought it was odd - she graciously said they would do something about it. Next, the manager Gil saunters up and loudly asks our table (me and three women) what the problem was. Firstly, rude and confrontational approach. I told him I'd come by in a few minutes and I did. I found him a bit later - checking email on a wireless Mac at a banquette, no less - and mentioned to him my irritation with the portions. He chafed and told me this wasn't Barcelona and that was the price of seafood here. And if I had an issue, I should write the chef a suggestion card!! I asked where this champ was from - Israel, apparently, where manners and restaurant management seem to have been perfected. When I asked the waitress if I could get contact details for the management, she politely declined and said ... yes, again ... I could fill out a suggestion card.

Bottom line is, the restaurant is pretty good and my review shouldn't stop you from going there. Rather, if ownership/management actually care about management of their properties, I'd suggest they find Gil a role at a falafel stand in Haifa where the portions are small and manners are smaller. This is New York, after all - we prefer our tapas joints staffed by Spanish hospitality, not Israeli pettiness.

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★★★☆☆

Boqueria in Flatiron is an excellent choice with two important exceptions - I'll get to them in a minute. On the positive side, the variety and quality of tapas is terrific. I'm a foodie and passionate about markets from Barcelona to Sao Paulo to Mumbai. This place knows its food. We had the Serrano, sardinas, saladas and gambas to start and the paella and fideua as mains, washed down by a couple of bottles of grenache (excellent) and tempranillo (average). Overall, this place was very good and our party of four had a great time.

Now for the issues -- more for the management than patrons, necessarily. The tapas of sardinas essentially had one sardine each for $12 each. Even by NY standards that's a rip. I discreetly mentioned to the waitress that I thought it was odd - she graciously said they would do something about it. Next, the manager Gil saunters up and loudly asks our table (me and three women) what the problem was. Firstly, rude and confrontational approach. I told him I'd come by in a few minutes and I did. I found him a bit later - checking email on a wireless Mac at a banquette, no less - and mentioned to him my irritation with the portions. He chafed and told me this wasn't Barcelona and that was the price of seafood here. And if I had an issue, I should write the chef a suggestion card!! I asked where this champ was from - Israel, apparently, where manners and restaurant management seem to have been perfected. When I asked the waitress if I could get contact details for the management, she politely declined and said ... yes, again ... I could fill out a suggestion card.

Bottom line is, the restaurant is pretty good and my review shouldn't stop you from going there. Rather, if ownership/management actually care about management of their properties, I'd suggest they find Gil a role at a falafel stand in Haifa where the portions are small and manners are smaller. This is New York, after all - we prefer our tapas joints staffed by Spanish hospitality, not Israeli pettiness.

Pros: Good food and wine quality

Cons: Surly Israeli manager, dishonest food portions

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As a Spaniard, what can I say? (even though my English grammar su....ks)...
The design reflects what's "in" in Spain nowadays; the minimalism of the decoration reminds me a lot different places I've visited in Madrid and Barcelona (nice to hung out with friends). However, the food was of average quality (not to say poor in some dishes; lets be nice). The chorizo is the low quality-sandwich-bocadillo-after school-type(cheap, I mean), Same thing with the serrano ham and the lomo. Small portions (too small) and in general overpriced. You ask for croquettes (croquetas) and since croquetas is plural they bring you that: 2 croquetas, if croquetas could be singular they would bring 1 for the same price...
The Staff (awesome, we work in a cool place...!!) is not really knowledgeable when it comes to know about what they are selling, but hey!, they are nice...
Wines: Extremely overpriced. I must be crazy (and I am) paying what I paid for half a bottle, but eating "quality" Spanish food (not the case) can't be done with a cheap wine.
I think the Staff, the Chefs, and everyone else that works there, should take a short trip to Spain (specially the north) and take a look at the real thing, that has absolutely NOTHING to do with what Boqueria is serving. My motto is: if you can't offer good Chorizo (ham or whatever) don't offer anything.
Desserts: are ok, but please, please, please... don't ask for the "churros con chocolate". Those used-fried oil-from 3 days ago-things they call churros, are NOT churros; they are something else. I guess "churros" is not a registrated trademark in the US by the Spanish Goverment, otherwise these "phony things" would be serving time in jail already.
Maybe for the average Newyorker that hasn't visited Spain before (or maybe has...) this is a good fancy place to eat great food, wine, and to hung out with friends, but not for me. I will just keep looking for the (good) perfect Spanish restaurant in NYC; definetly not Boqueria. Enjoy.

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★★★☆☆

As a Spaniard, what can I say? (even though my English grammar su....ks)...
The design reflects what's "in" in Spain nowadays; the minimalism of the decoration reminds me a lot different places I've visited in Madrid and Barcelona (nice to hung out with friends). However, the food was of average quality (not to say poor in some dishes; lets be nice). The chorizo is the low quality-sandwich-bocadillo-after school-type(cheap, I mean), Same thing with the serrano ham and the lomo. Small portions (too small) and in general overpriced. You ask for croquettes (croquetas) and since croquetas is plural they bring you that: 2 croquetas, if croquetas could be singular they would bring 1 for the same price...
The Staff (awesome, we work in a cool place...!!) is not really knowledgeable when it comes to know about what they are selling, but hey!, they are nice...
Wines: Extremely overpriced. I must be crazy (and I am) paying what I paid for half a bottle, but eating "quality" Spanish food (not the case) can't be done with a cheap wine.
I think the Staff, the Chefs, and everyone else that works there, should take a short trip to Spain (specially the north) and take a look at the real thing, that has absolutely NOTHING to do with what Boqueria is serving. My motto is: if you can't offer good Chorizo (ham or whatever) don't offer anything.
Desserts: are ok, but please, please, please... don't ask for the "churros con chocolate". Those used-fried oil-from 3 days ago-things they call churros, are NOT churros; they are something else. I guess "churros" is not a registrated trademark in the US by the Spanish Goverment, otherwise these "phony things" would be serving time in jail already.
Maybe for the average Newyorker that hasn't visited Spain before (or maybe has...) this is a good fancy place to eat great food, wine, and to hung out with friends, but not for me. I will just keep looking for the (good) perfect Spanish restaurant in NYC; definetly not Boqueria. Enjoy.

Pros: Nice looking place and more or less friendly staff

Cons: Everything else...

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We've been here at least five times during the past year-- each time has been great. The tapas are amazing and the wine list is perfect for tapas.

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★★★★★

We've been here at least five times during the past year-- each time has been great. The tapas are amazing and the wine list is perfect for tapas.

Pros: food

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Food did not live up to all the reviews and recommendations from friends. Everything was over fried and under seasoned. Most of the tapas were unidentifiable flavor wise(except chorizo in everything), if it weren't for our friendly server telling us what each dish was, I wouldn't have been able to recognize what I was eating half the time. The Chef really needs to taste what they're cooking, because clearly they don't. Even with the friendly and prompt service, still a waste of $150.00.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food did not live up to all the reviews and recommendations from friends. Everything was over fried and under seasoned. Most of the tapas were unidentifiable flavor wise(except chorizo in everything), if it weren't for our friendly server telling us what each dish was, I wouldn't have been able to recognize what I was eating half the time. The Chef really needs to taste what they're cooking, because clearly they don't. Even with the friendly and prompt service, still a waste of $150.00.

Pros: Friendly service, nice atmosphere

Cons: food is disappointing

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The food was NOT good at ALL! Just Awful - seriously! Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit Spain and has had the chance to taste the authentic product would know better. By the way, the prices are OUT of control. Between my fiance and I we had 3 glasses of wine and a couple of Tapas - and that alone cost us $145. I don't mind spending $$$ on a good meal - BUT this was awful, so much so that it's inspired me to write my very first restaurant review. Go to Casa Mono in Gramercy Park instead... which is Exactly where went after dinner at Boqueria. It's funny, the first faces we noticed when we entered Casa Mono was a couple that we saw at Boqueria, and we gave each other a knowing smile.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was NOT good at ALL! Just Awful - seriously! Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit Spain and has had the chance to taste the authentic product would know better. By the way, the prices are OUT of control. Between my fiance and I we had 3 glasses of wine and a couple of Tapas - and that alone cost us $145. I don't mind spending $$$ on a good meal - BUT this was awful, so much so that it's inspired me to write my very first restaurant review. Go to Casa Mono in Gramercy Park instead... which is Exactly where went after dinner at Boqueria. It's funny, the first faces we noticed when we entered Casa Mono was a couple that we saw at Boqueria, and we gave each other a knowing smile.

Pros: can't think of any

Cons: The food, the price, the service - if you're going to charge a lot your staff should be knowledgeable in regards to the product that they are serving

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YUM! Boqueria is ab-fab for unique flavors, cheeses and interesting small dishes - the datiles con beicon and monte enebro cheese are not to be skipped. And they go down lovely with any of their three kinds of sangria! Can't wait to try the new SoHo location.

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★★★★★

YUM! Boqueria is ab-fab for unique flavors, cheeses and interesting small dishes - the datiles con beicon and monte enebro cheese are not to be skipped. And they go down lovely with any of their three kinds of sangria! Can't wait to try the new SoHo location.

Pros: Datiles con Beicon

Cons: Crowded, small groups are best

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I recently ate at Boqueria. The food was excellent. They had a Cauliflower special that was delicious. Also enjoyed the lamb confit. The service was very nice and the dishes came at a great pace.

5
★★★★★

I recently ate at Boqueria. The food was excellent. They had a Cauliflower special that was delicious. Also enjoyed the lamb confit. The service was very nice and the dishes came at a great pace.

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I went with two good friends from college, one of whom had visited before and recommended that we eat there early as the place fills up quickly. We arrived at 6:30 on Wednesday and were promptly seated at the end of a high top table for 8. The other seats were soon filled by other people. In fact, within 15 minutes of our arrival, a large crowd had gathered, making the place noisy (and a bit crowded) but in a lively, convivial way. We ordered two salads for the 3 of us to split, plus the croquettes, serano ham on toast, sea scallops (which turned out to be 1 scallop but was on a bed of great pea/corn mixture) and 2 cheeses. We were dissappointed to see that the brussels sprouts we had seen in the online menu were not on the menu at the restaurant. We all tried some of everything as these types of plates are conducive to sharing and conversation. We also each had a glass of wine - don't be afraid to ask about any on the list - the waitress was pretty knowledgeable, I had a great red which I promptly forgot the name of!
Dessert we ordered the churros which were tasty as well.

overall a great experience - i'd definitely go back.

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★★★★★

I went with two good friends from college, one of whom had visited before and recommended that we eat there early as the place fills up quickly. We arrived at 6:30 on Wednesday and were promptly seated at the end of a high top table for 8. The other seats were soon filled by other people. In fact, within 15 minutes of our arrival, a large crowd had gathered, making the place noisy (and a bit crowded) but in a lively, convivial way. We ordered two salads for the 3 of us to split, plus the croquettes, serano ham on toast, sea scallops (which turned out to be 1 scallop but was on a bed of great pea/corn mixture) and 2 cheeses. We were dissappointed to see that the brussels sprouts we had seen in the online menu were not on the menu at the restaurant. We all tried some of everything as these types of plates are conducive to sharing and conversation. We also each had a glass of wine - don't be afraid to ask about any on the list - the waitress was pretty knowledgeable, I had a great red which I promptly forgot the name of!
Dessert we ordered the churros which were tasty as well.

overall a great experience - i'd definitely go back.

Pros: Great place to share with friends and chat

Cons: Noisy, fills up quickly

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Firstly, my wife and I love tapas and the small plate concept. Both of us have lived in Europe and have ties to Spain. That being said, I recognize that not every tapas restaurant has to push the envelope and redefine Spanish bar food. Classics can be fantastic when well executed. This however, was not the case here.
The dishes such as razor clam, "chorizo con vin", and Mahon cheese were just simply not executed well. One can maybe forgive the lack of culinary excellence for $6 small plates but at double that, the expectations are higher. The server was knowledgeable but bland dishes with silly names and long stories of what market the ingredients came from did little to make the food taste better. In terms of boring: "Cave Aged Mahon" was a tiny, tiny sliver of Mahon with one Spanish almond, 3 table grapes, and one black olive the size of a pea (including pit). I believe it was about 9 dollars. There was a couple slices of truly old and dry bread that came with it. That is just a bad dish. Additionally, The chorizo tasted store bought and the razor clams were bland, oily, and in desperate need of salt and acid. Just a poorly executed series of dishes. Other dishes such as "Pulpo de Playa" translated literally as "octopus of the beach" left us scratching our heads and wondering where the honest, rich, and inventive food of Spain was on this menu.
On the positive side, the place had many open tables and we were seated right away. The environment is nicely arranged but looks more like a place to grab a bite for lunch, then to linger for dinner.

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★★☆☆☆

Firstly, my wife and I love tapas and the small plate concept. Both of us have lived in Europe and have ties to Spain. That being said, I recognize that not every tapas restaurant has to push the envelope and redefine Spanish bar food. Classics can be fantastic when well executed. This however, was not the case here.
The dishes such as razor clam, "chorizo con vin", and Mahon cheese were just simply not executed well. One can maybe forgive the lack of culinary excellence for $6 small plates but at double that, the expectations are higher. The server was knowledgeable but bland dishes with silly names and long stories of what market the ingredients came from did little to make the food taste better. In terms of boring: "Cave Aged Mahon" was a tiny, tiny sliver of Mahon with one Spanish almond, 3 table grapes, and one black olive the size of a pea (including pit). I believe it was about 9 dollars. There was a couple slices of truly old and dry bread that came with it. That is just a bad dish. Additionally, The chorizo tasted store bought and the razor clams were bland, oily, and in desperate need of salt and acid. Just a poorly executed series of dishes. Other dishes such as "Pulpo de Playa" translated literally as "octopus of the beach" left us scratching our heads and wondering where the honest, rich, and inventive food of Spain was on this menu.
On the positive side, the place had many open tables and we were seated right away. The environment is nicely arranged but looks more like a place to grab a bite for lunch, then to linger for dinner.

Pros: Nice environment

Cons: not a good value and bland, poorly executed dishes

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went to boqueria saturday night for tapas after a recent trip to barcelona. they don't take reservations, but we (2 ppl) didn't have to wait at all for a table despite the restaurant being more or less full. great, lively atmosphere, crowded yet still comfortable, loud but in a good way, and the service was excellent. esp for a busy restaurant, our glasses were always full, and our waitress checked in with us often. the sangria was great, and the food was pretty tasty overall - we ordered 6 plates + a dessert and were pleased with them all. the salted peppers were the most interesting and worth trying, the patatas excellent, the chorizo and jamon serrano standard, but the lamb skewer was too chewy and as much fat as meat. cheese plates seem to be on the small side for the price, but good quality. give it a try, if the food isn't the most exciting, the atmosphere and service will probably make up for it.

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★★★★☆

went to boqueria saturday night for tapas after a recent trip to barcelona. they don't take reservations, but we (2 ppl) didn't have to wait at all for a table despite the restaurant being more or less full. great, lively atmosphere, crowded yet still comfortable, loud but in a good way, and the service was excellent. esp for a busy restaurant, our glasses were always full, and our waitress checked in with us often. the sangria was great, and the food was pretty tasty overall - we ordered 6 plates + a dessert and were pleased with them all. the salted peppers were the most interesting and worth trying, the patatas excellent, the chorizo and jamon serrano standard, but the lamb skewer was too chewy and as much fat as meat. cheese plates seem to be on the small side for the price, but good quality. give it a try, if the food isn't the most exciting, the atmosphere and service will probably make up for it.

Pros: service, atmosphere

Cons: some plates too small, lamb skewers

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We were a group of five people. The service was excellent, our waitress was very nice and knew everything about the dishes in the menu. The baby octopus is highly recommended, it's lightly grilled and comes with a pate of black olives, a must have. The jamon serrano comes served with delicious toasts lightly covered in tomato paste. The paella, however, was not so successful. The rice was too cooked and there was really not much inside. So I will definitively come back to check out other items in the menu.

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★★★★☆

We were a group of five people. The service was excellent, our waitress was very nice and knew everything about the dishes in the menu. The baby octopus is highly recommended, it's lightly grilled and comes with a pate of black olives, a must have. The jamon serrano comes served with delicious toasts lightly covered in tomato paste. The paella, however, was not so successful. The rice was too cooked and there was really not much inside. So I will definitively come back to check out other items in the menu.

Pros: Jamon serrano, baby octopus, tomato toasts, service

Cons: Paella

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Went to Boqueria last night with two friends. The hostess sat us at a small table for two, even though the restaurant was half empty. When we said we'd be ordering several tapas dishes and would need more room, we were allowed to use a second table... but we'd have to give up that table if they needed it for another party. We should have left at that point.

The restaurant filled up an hour later and we were told to squish onto the one table. We replied that we had one more dish coming and would leave after we finished. The manager stared at us the whole time, making us feel very unwelcome, like we were causing him a great problem and the next customers were more important than us.

The food was okay, our waitress (Emily) was wonderful... but we'll never go back there again because the management was so rude. And stupid, considering that we would have ordered more tapas, dessert and coffee if we'd been treated better.

There are much better, and more gracious, places to go for tapas. I'd recommend them instead of Boqueria.

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★★☆☆☆

Went to Boqueria last night with two friends. The hostess sat us at a small table for two, even though the restaurant was half empty. When we said we'd be ordering several tapas dishes and would need more room, we were allowed to use a second table... but we'd have to give up that table if they needed it for another party. We should have left at that point.

The restaurant filled up an hour later and we were told to squish onto the one table. We replied that we had one more dish coming and would leave after we finished. The manager stared at us the whole time, making us feel very unwelcome, like we were causing him a great problem and the next customers were more important than us.

The food was okay, our waitress (Emily) was wonderful... but we'll never go back there again because the management was so rude. And stupid, considering that we would have ordered more tapas, dessert and coffee if we'd been treated better.

There are much better, and more gracious, places to go for tapas. I'd recommend them instead of Boqueria.

Pros: Food's decent, Waitstaff is helpful and friendly.

Cons: Management is unwelcoming, room too small and too loud.

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This Spanish tapas bar is certainly one of the reasons people have become obsessed with Spanish mediteranean food. It is crazy loud and crowded, but I'm a foodie and don't really mind rubbing elbows and learning every personal detail of the next tables conversation with food like this. You will certainly have to wait a bit for a table, (if going on a friday or saturday you wanna plan on a few drinks at the bar) Excellent wine selection and I never drink sangria...I really like theirs though.
This is the perfect place whether you are on a date or entertaining a group of your friends. Nothing is over priced and you get what you pay for (though some americans may not be used to what an actual PORTION should look like.) The servers have always been great and made good recommendations.
This is also a restaurant that made me like brussel sprouts. I never thought that would happen. Any restaurant that can turn me onto new foods is a winner and the kitchen is really cookin up some inspired dishes back there. I think I've eaten through the menu at least once.
For those people who are really looking to expand their tastes or are foodsick for a little taste of Spain, they need to get down to boqueria.

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★★★★★

This Spanish tapas bar is certainly one of the reasons people have become obsessed with Spanish mediteranean food. It is crazy loud and crowded, but I'm a foodie and don't really mind rubbing elbows and learning every personal detail of the next tables conversation with food like this. You will certainly have to wait a bit for a table, (if going on a friday or saturday you wanna plan on a few drinks at the bar) Excellent wine selection and I never drink sangria...I really like theirs though.
This is the perfect place whether you are on a date or entertaining a group of your friends. Nothing is over priced and you get what you pay for (though some americans may not be used to what an actual PORTION should look like.) The servers have always been great and made good recommendations.
This is also a restaurant that made me like brussel sprouts. I never thought that would happen. Any restaurant that can turn me onto new foods is a winner and the kitchen is really cookin up some inspired dishes back there. I think I've eaten through the menu at least once.
For those people who are really looking to expand their tastes or are foodsick for a little taste of Spain, they need to get down to boqueria.

Pros: amazing food, good service

Cons: Get's a little too loud, no reservations

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I liked this place, but I don't really feel the need to go back. We intended on having drinks and a few tapas, but there wasn't the best selection. What we did get was certainly edible, but forgettable. The sangria was a little too sweet and the fruit was diced very small. I like to be able to spoon it out and eat it. The space is tight but I like the layout with the high tables. However, it's VERY loud. The place was consistently packed and the service was average. I don't have anything really bad to say, but I wasn't wowed.

1
★★★☆☆

I liked this place, but I don't really feel the need to go back. We intended on having drinks and a few tapas, but there wasn't the best selection. What we did get was certainly edible, but forgettable. The sangria was a little too sweet and the fruit was diced very small. I like to be able to spoon it out and eat it. The space is tight but I like the layout with the high tables. However, it's VERY loud. The place was consistently packed and the service was average. I don't have anything really bad to say, but I wasn't wowed.

Pros: Good vibe, cool layout, decent service

Cons: VERY loud, tapas selection pretty blah

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Went with a few friends, and despite it being quite crowded managed to be seated very quickly. Overall service was amazing with the waiter spending alot of time with us to answer questions. The other staff were very friendly and helpful as well (esp. the hostess). The tapas were very tasty and authentic - the Spaniard in our group was even impressed. The space is very trendy and comfortable, with a nice crowd of mostly young professionals.

Would definitely recommend, but wish this restaurant would take reservations as this would be an ideal Friday or Saturday dinner spot, but I would not imagine going to somewhere trendy like this without a reservation on a potentially busy evening like that!

2
★★★★★

Went with a few friends, and despite it being quite crowded managed to be seated very quickly. Overall service was amazing with the waiter spending alot of time with us to answer questions. The other staff were very friendly and helpful as well (esp. the hostess). The tapas were very tasty and authentic - the Spaniard in our group was even impressed. The space is very trendy and comfortable, with a nice crowd of mostly young professionals.

Would definitely recommend, but wish this restaurant would take reservations as this would be an ideal Friday or Saturday dinner spot, but I would not imagine going to somewhere trendy like this without a reservation on a potentially busy evening like that!

Pros: Service, food quality

Cons: They should take reservations!

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The service is warm and friendly, and they willingly walk you through what is a very confusing menu. The enironment is cozy and nicely lit, but the proximity of tables, which some might say is part of its charm, is absurd. One cannot possibly have a conversation without being overheard by the adjacent tables. If you're sitting on one side, don't plan on going to the restroom. You'll need to move the entire table to get out. (They do in fact move the entire table to get you in when you sit down)

The Food: Tastes good, but even for tapas, the portions are insulting. You can be willing to pay for a small portion of say, baby squid, but why is pan con tomate a few meager slices, with only a hint of tomato and garlic? It is a ten cent (if that) dish being sold for 5 dollars. Again, insulting.

I would recomend this place only for those who have an enormous amount of disposable income, a small stomach, and do not care about the quality of their conversation while at dinner.

1
★★☆☆☆

The service is warm and friendly, and they willingly walk you through what is a very confusing menu. The enironment is cozy and nicely lit, but the proximity of tables, which some might say is part of its charm, is absurd. One cannot possibly have a conversation without being overheard by the adjacent tables. If you're sitting on one side, don't plan on going to the restroom. You'll need to move the entire table to get out. (They do in fact move the entire table to get you in when you sit down)

The Food: Tastes good, but even for tapas, the portions are insulting. You can be willing to pay for a small portion of say, baby squid, but why is pan con tomate a few meager slices, with only a hint of tomato and garlic? It is a ten cent (if that) dish being sold for 5 dollars. Again, insulting.

I would recomend this place only for those who have an enormous amount of disposable income, a small stomach, and do not care about the quality of their conversation while at dinner.

Pros: good service

Cons: small portions, tables too close

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After a good time with 6 friends, lots of sangria and delicious food, we paid our bill, in cash, and left a 15% tip. Before we were able to leave the table, the manager came over and asked us, with obvious disgust, if there was a problem with our service. Confused, we said no. He asked us why we left such a poor tip. We said we left a normal tip. He scoffed, "I guess you think 12% is normal." We insisted that we left a 15% tip. He returned with the bill, pulled up a chair, SAT DOWN at the table with a pen and hand-calcuated the tip. The manager determined that we did, in fact, leave a 15% tip. Then he slinked off without an apology. He was quite nasty to us. The food was great, but now I have such a bad taste in my mouth, I'll never go back.

1
★★★☆☆

After a good time with 6 friends, lots of sangria and delicious food, we paid our bill, in cash, and left a 15% tip. Before we were able to leave the table, the manager came over and asked us, with obvious disgust, if there was a problem with our service. Confused, we said no. He asked us why we left such a poor tip. We said we left a normal tip. He scoffed, "I guess you think 12% is normal." We insisted that we left a 15% tip. He returned with the bill, pulled up a chair, SAT DOWN at the table with a pen and hand-calcuated the tip. The manager determined that we did, in fact, leave a 15% tip. Then he slinked off without an apology. He was quite nasty to us. The food was great, but now I have such a bad taste in my mouth, I'll never go back.

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I have recently gone on a Tapas tasting tour in NYC...I keep trying new places in search of the best Tapas in town...Boqueria still has the greatest combination of delicious food, cool vibe and nice staff....I keep comparing all the others to them! Please try Boqueria...you won't regret it!

2
★★★★★

I have recently gone on a Tapas tasting tour in NYC...I keep trying new places in search of the best Tapas in town...Boqueria still has the greatest combination of delicious food, cool vibe and nice staff....I keep comparing all the others to them! Please try Boqueria...you won't regret it!

Pros: Awesome tapas - great ambience - nice staff

Cons: Gets crowded quickly - get there early

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Amazing tapas and great bar that makes you feel like you are in Barcelona. We popped in recently in late afternoon, because we can never get in at night this place is so popular, and we LOVED it. Last year we went to Barcelona for a week and all we did was eat in Tapas bars, drank red wine, and took naps, and this helped us replicate the experience. The tapas were yummy ? I loved the croquettes dish which had a mix of cod, mushrooms, and jamon, and all were good ? and the wine glass were filled really full. There is a seafood bar with crazy live things in it which I would not touch but others I am sure will love. The staff is wonderful, most speak Spanish and are very smiley and friendly and make the experience complete. I wish we could go back more often, but I am not much for waiting around for a table?

2
★★★★★

Amazing tapas and great bar that makes you feel like you are in Barcelona. We popped in recently in late afternoon, because we can never get in at night this place is so popular, and we LOVED it. Last year we went to Barcelona for a week and all we did was eat in Tapas bars, drank red wine, and took naps, and this helped us replicate the experience. The tapas were yummy ? I loved the croquettes dish which had a mix of cod, mushrooms, and jamon, and all were good ? and the wine glass were filled really full. There is a seafood bar with crazy live things in it which I would not touch but others I am sure will love. The staff is wonderful, most speak Spanish and are very smiley and friendly and make the experience complete. I wish we could go back more often, but I am not much for waiting around for a table?

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Went for dinner last night and was thoroughly impressed. Although the place was packed, the staff was extremely friendly, and patient despite us standing in their way (there isn't much space to stand out of the way). The 25 minute wait time flew by, and our waitress was extremely attentive, explaining the various dishes to us. Food and drinks were served promptly. It was a bit loud, but I guess that proves they are a victim of their own success. I will definitely return.

2
★★★★★

Went for dinner last night and was thoroughly impressed. Although the place was packed, the staff was extremely friendly, and patient despite us standing in their way (there isn't much space to stand out of the way). The 25 minute wait time flew by, and our waitress was extremely attentive, explaining the various dishes to us. Food and drinks were served promptly. It was a bit loud, but I guess that proves they are a victim of their own success. I will definitely return.

Pros: food, staff, sangria

Cons: volume, tight space

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I have been to Boqueria several times since it was reviewed in the New York Times last year and loved it. I haven't been all summer, and was curious to see if the restaurant was still up to par a year later. It was! The menu has changed some, and our server told us that it is going to be changing again soon since the chef just got back from Spain and has many new ideas. We were able to try out some of these new ideas that night, such as the fried pickled anchovies and this AMAZING garbanzo soup, made with morcilla (a type of sausage), cheese, and other ingredients I can't remember! The papas bravas are a lot spicier than I remember, which for me is a good thing. The other tapas that we loved before, the croquettes, the cojonudo, and the pimientos, are still fanastic. We actually didn't recieve our papas bravas until we reminded our waitress, she was very apologetic, and ran off to investigate. Evidently they had gone to the wrong table! Less than two minutes later a steaming dish of papas bravas was on our table. Having worked in a busy restaurant during college, I know how orders can get lost in the bustle, so we weren't at all upset about it, especially given the waitresses attitude. So we were pleasantly surprised when she comped the bravas for us! Great food, fantastic service, I still LOVE this place!

2
★★★★★

I have been to Boqueria several times since it was reviewed in the New York Times last year and loved it. I haven't been all summer, and was curious to see if the restaurant was still up to par a year later. It was! The menu has changed some, and our server told us that it is going to be changing again soon since the chef just got back from Spain and has many new ideas. We were able to try out some of these new ideas that night, such as the fried pickled anchovies and this AMAZING garbanzo soup, made with morcilla (a type of sausage), cheese, and other ingredients I can't remember! The papas bravas are a lot spicier than I remember, which for me is a good thing. The other tapas that we loved before, the croquettes, the cojonudo, and the pimientos, are still fanastic. We actually didn't recieve our papas bravas until we reminded our waitress, she was very apologetic, and ran off to investigate. Evidently they had gone to the wrong table! Less than two minutes later a steaming dish of papas bravas was on our table. Having worked in a busy restaurant during college, I know how orders can get lost in the bustle, so we weren't at all upset about it, especially given the waitresses attitude. So we were pleasantly surprised when she comped the bravas for us! Great food, fantastic service, I still LOVE this place!

Pros: evolving menu, great service, the cheese list

Cons: um, none really

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I work on the same street as Boqueria and therefore would never ever eat there. I have been working on this street for about 2 months and i walk by Boqueria every morning. They have not cleaned their sidewalk ONCE in 2 months. The other restaurants in the neighborhood come out and clean their sidewalks with cleaning solutions, strong water spray and heavy brooms at least twice a week. Every morning I have to cover my mouth and nose as I walk by Boqueria because of the liquidified garbage water pooled on the sidewalk and in the gutter. The path is littered with old lemon rinds and other vegetables. The path from the basement grate to the curb is layered with years worth of grease and attracts flies. I've learned to avoid it by crossing the street after seeing other pedistrians slip and fall in this thick gunk! It is absolutely disgusting and i cannot stomach it any longer. If this is how they keep the front of their restaurant, i can only imagine what the kitchen and toilets in the back are like.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I work on the same street as Boqueria and therefore would never ever eat there. I have been working on this street for about 2 months and i walk by Boqueria every morning. They have not cleaned their sidewalk ONCE in 2 months. The other restaurants in the neighborhood come out and clean their sidewalks with cleaning solutions, strong water spray and heavy brooms at least twice a week. Every morning I have to cover my mouth and nose as I walk by Boqueria because of the liquidified garbage water pooled on the sidewalk and in the gutter. The path is littered with old lemon rinds and other vegetables. The path from the basement grate to the curb is layered with years worth of grease and attracts flies. I've learned to avoid it by crossing the street after seeing other pedistrians slip and fall in this thick gunk! It is absolutely disgusting and i cannot stomach it any longer. If this is how they keep the front of their restaurant, i can only imagine what the kitchen and toilets in the back are like.

Pros: sometimes i only gag a little

Cons: sometimes i gag alot (esp when its hot)

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2
★★★★☆

Be conversational: Write it as if relaying your experience to a good friend.
Be specific: Generalities like "lazy service" or "tasty pizza" leave people wanting more detail.
Be yourself: If you're an expert on burgers, let us know. If this is your first-time massage, say so.
Compare apples to apples: Burger joints shouldn't be held to the same standards as four-star restaurants.

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Don't go to Boqueria! I can't believe the other reviews are good. I went here with a friend because of Citysearch's good reviews. I have never written in to complain like this. We got there at 8:20 on a Wednesday night and were told it would be 10-15 minutes for a party of 2 (reasonable). 25 minutes later, I checked again and she said she'd come get us (outside because there is zero place to wait inside). 20 minutes after that we came inside and loitered because we knew she had forgotten about us. When she realized this, she sat us at a 3-top and acted like she was doing us a favor. After we sat down, no one came to take a drink order. Instead, our waitress accidentally spilled a full drink down my back, completely soaking my shirt and skirt. She barely apologized and instead insisted that it was "only white wine." I asked if the restaurant would be paying for my dry cleaning and she said she'd have to talk to the manager. She told us later that the manager would be coming over to talk to us. He never did. It took 10 minutes before she came back for our drink order - which we sorely needed. We ordered and had a fine meal though I found it frustrating that 80% of the menu has pork in it. At the end of our meal she brought the bill with absolutely nothing comp'd and she gave me the business card of the manager and said I could send in my dry cleaning receipt. I can't believe he never came over to talk to us! And that nothing was comp'd! I ate my entire meal SOAKING WET. Don't go to Boqueria. The service is uncourteous, the management doesn't know how to please its customers. The food is overpriced. And everything has pork in it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Don't go to Boqueria! I can't believe the other reviews are good. I went here with a friend because of Citysearch's good reviews. I have never written in to complain like this. We got there at 8:20 on a Wednesday night and were told it would be 10-15 minutes for a party of 2 (reasonable). 25 minutes later, I checked again and she said she'd come get us (outside because there is zero place to wait inside). 20 minutes after that we came inside and loitered because we knew she had forgotten about us. When she realized this, she sat us at a 3-top and acted like she was doing us a favor. After we sat down, no one came to take a drink order. Instead, our waitress accidentally spilled a full drink down my back, completely soaking my shirt and skirt. She barely apologized and instead insisted that it was "only white wine." I asked if the restaurant would be paying for my dry cleaning and she said she'd have to talk to the manager. She told us later that the manager would be coming over to talk to us. He never did. It took 10 minutes before she came back for our drink order - which we sorely needed. We ordered and had a fine meal though I found it frustrating that 80% of the menu has pork in it. At the end of our meal she brought the bill with absolutely nothing comp'd and she gave me the business card of the manager and said I could send in my dry cleaning receipt. I can't believe he never came over to talk to us! And that nothing was comp'd! I ate my entire meal SOAKING WET. Don't go to Boqueria. The service is uncourteous, the management doesn't know how to please its customers. The food is overpriced. And everything has pork in it.

Cons: Bad service. Worse management. Too much pork. Hostess forgot us.

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I stumbled into this place on a rainy night purely by accident, was actually looking for another place I could not find and decided to stay here and have a few drinks and move on after the rain subsided. We never left.
The food is absolutely outstanding. While I am no authority on Spanish cuisine and delicacies, I know good tapas after having traveled extensively in Spain for 3 months and this is probably the best selection and quality of tapas I have found in New York. The food has been made with love, and you can taste it.

The atmosphere is lively, decor is subdued and well put together, service is good-natured and friendly though with the kind of heavy demand from so many diners at peak times they can be pushed to their limits.
You can easily get lost in here for time, seduced by the food and spoilt by the excellent wine list, before you know it several hours would have gone by.
I think the management have done an exceptional job of putting together Boqueria in the way that they have and more importantly, in training and keeping competent and friendly staff. For me this is important, you may have good food but unfriendly, brusque or poor service can ruin a dining experience. The staff here are cheerful and attentive which makes it easy for you to relax.

Only downside is that at busy times it is exactly that, busy. And a result it does become somewhat noisy, but that is the sound of happy people enjoying the place.

2
★★★★★

I stumbled into this place on a rainy night purely by accident, was actually looking for another place I could not find and decided to stay here and have a few drinks and move on after the rain subsided. We never left.
The food is absolutely outstanding. While I am no authority on Spanish cuisine and delicacies, I know good tapas after having traveled extensively in Spain for 3 months and this is probably the best selection and quality of tapas I have found in New York. The food has been made with love, and you can taste it.

The atmosphere is lively, decor is subdued and well put together, service is good-natured and friendly though with the kind of heavy demand from so many diners at peak times they can be pushed to their limits.
You can easily get lost in here for time, seduced by the food and spoilt by the excellent wine list, before you know it several hours would have gone by.
I think the management have done an exceptional job of putting together Boqueria in the way that they have and more importantly, in training and keeping competent and friendly staff. For me this is important, you may have good food but unfriendly, brusque or poor service can ruin a dining experience. The staff here are cheerful and attentive which makes it easy for you to relax.

Only downside is that at busy times it is exactly that, busy. And a result it does become somewhat noisy, but that is the sound of happy people enjoying the place.

Pros: Outstanding selection and quality of tapas

Cons: Very busy during peak hours in the evenings

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My friends and I ate at Boqueria and had a great time. The restaurant feels very cozy and our server was so attentive. You really can't beat Tapas at $4 to $7 especially when they are this tasty! We ordered quite a few of the tapas and embutidos and I would have to recommend the hamon serrano, pintxos morunos and the creamy croquettes. They have a great selection so go with a group and order alot, and get there early - this place is very popular!

2
★★★★★

My friends and I ate at Boqueria and had a great time. The restaurant feels very cozy and our server was so attentive. You really can't beat Tapas at $4 to $7 especially when they are this tasty! We ordered quite a few of the tapas and embutidos and I would have to recommend the hamon serrano, pintxos morunos and the creamy croquettes. They have a great selection so go with a group and order alot, and get there early - this place is very popular!

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It's not about the food at Boqueria. The atmosphere was pleasant and the design chic, but the service was no good and everything was over-fried and over priced. The little fried peppers and mixed olives were good but the croquettas, salad and bacalao were not good -- too oily, fried and not fresh tasting. The server did not notice that we hardly ate the food and wisked away plates of uneaten food without a question. We tried two desserts and neither were good -- the churros tasted more oily than sweet and the custard was cloying. Very disappointing because we heard the food was good but of the 8 or so dishes we tried only 2 were good.

1
★★★☆☆

It's not about the food at Boqueria. The atmosphere was pleasant and the design chic, but the service was no good and everything was over-fried and over priced. The little fried peppers and mixed olives were good but the croquettas, salad and bacalao were not good -- too oily, fried and not fresh tasting. The server did not notice that we hardly ate the food and wisked away plates of uneaten food without a question. We tried two desserts and neither were good -- the churros tasted more oily than sweet and the custard was cloying. Very disappointing because we heard the food was good but of the 8 or so dishes we tried only 2 were good.

Pros: Nice design, attractive crowd

Cons: Everything fried and over priced

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Very good tapas, nice wines selection,friendly staff.........in total...VERY GOOD!!!

I will go back.

2
★★★★★

Very good tapas, nice wines selection,friendly staff.........in total...VERY GOOD!!!

I will go back.

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Tables can be hard to obtain, only because this place is so popular these days! I have a feeling that they are far more inundated than expected! You have to go with a relaxed attitude, wait for a table, and then...you're in for a ton of fun. This is the closest place to a true Boqueria in Spain that I have yet to experience in New York. The lamb skewers, the baby squid, shrimp, croquettes are all great. In fact, I think I have had the entire menu over the course of a few occasions and there is nothing that I didn't like.

2
★★★★★

Tables can be hard to obtain, only because this place is so popular these days! I have a feeling that they are far more inundated than expected! You have to go with a relaxed attitude, wait for a table, and then...you're in for a ton of fun. This is the closest place to a true Boqueria in Spain that I have yet to experience in New York. The lamb skewers, the baby squid, shrimp, croquettes are all great. In fact, I think I have had the entire menu over the course of a few occasions and there is nothing that I didn't like.

Pros: incredible food

Cons: small portions... but that is how they do it in Spain

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Go early--before 7--if you want a table within 30 minutes... and all tables have barstool-style seating, which some folks may find uncomfortable. The service was great where we sat, at a tiny table in the front. Crowded, a bit loud, and bustling--not a place for quiet conversation. The food is simple but high quality, especially the cured meats. They had at least 4 varieties of sausage. The pig's cheeks were out of this world...

2
★★★★☆

Go early--before 7--if you want a table within 30 minutes... and all tables have barstool-style seating, which some folks may find uncomfortable. The service was great where we sat, at a tiny table in the front. Crowded, a bit loud, and bustling--not a place for quiet conversation. The food is simple but high quality, especially the cured meats. They had at least 4 varieties of sausage. The pig's cheeks were out of this world...

Pros: lots of pork

Cons: youhave to sit up in a stool

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The menu was limited. We were seated at a shared table which was extremely loud and when we tried to move the hostesses were less than accomodating. The service was poor- it took over 1/2 hour to place our order. The menu was relatively limited. The food was overall pretty bland and lacked imagination.We had called in advance to ask about vegetarian options (after viewing the menu) and were told there were several options. There were very few options for the vegetarian in the crowd.

1
★★★☆☆

The menu was limited. We were seated at a shared table which was extremely loud and when we tried to move the hostesses were less than accomodating. The service was poor- it took over 1/2 hour to place our order. The menu was relatively limited. The food was overall pretty bland and lacked imagination.We had called in advance to ask about vegetarian options (after viewing the menu) and were told there were several options. There were very few options for the vegetarian in the crowd.

Pros: Cute decor

Cons: Service, food pretty unexciting

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The banquettes, coupled w/ the soft lighting, and simple design create the perfect mood for an intimate dinner w/ a date or friends. The restaurant does a lot w/ the space it has, and as a result, is a little crowded - when trying to manuever through it. Everything was delightful, from the rose sangria, mixed greens, croquettes, dates wrapped in bacon, fresh shrimp in garlic (yum), to the sherry. I'm not a real fan of sherry, but it was so rich and flavorful it almost gave off a caramel like flavor. The only mediocre/disappointing dishes we had were the foie gras and the pig cheeks. The tapas were fresh, clean, and upscale compared to your usual tapas places. I would definitely go again!

2
★★★★☆

The banquettes, coupled w/ the soft lighting, and simple design create the perfect mood for an intimate dinner w/ a date or friends. The restaurant does a lot w/ the space it has, and as a result, is a little crowded - when trying to manuever through it. Everything was delightful, from the rose sangria, mixed greens, croquettes, dates wrapped in bacon, fresh shrimp in garlic (yum), to the sherry. I'm not a real fan of sherry, but it was so rich and flavorful it almost gave off a caramel like flavor. The only mediocre/disappointing dishes we had were the foie gras and the pig cheeks. The tapas were fresh, clean, and upscale compared to your usual tapas places. I would definitely go again!

Pros: Clean, Upscale, Tapas and Amazing Sherry

Cons: Crowded Tables

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It's a great place to eat a lot of different things in small portions with great service, at a good value and with a location well decorated!
A good place for first dates, girlfriends getting together or even medium size parties (not bigger than 8-9 the place is not huge).

2
★★★★★

It's a great place to eat a lot of different things in small portions with great service, at a good value and with a location well decorated!
A good place for first dates, girlfriends getting together or even medium size parties (not bigger than 8-9 the place is not huge).

Pros: amazing food, great sangria & decerts!

Cons: not too big, it gets crowed, not for big parties

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Recently went to Boqueria for dinner and drinks with four friends. I had been there before when it first opened and had a great time. Then the hostess was deliteful; she smiled when we entered, made small talk and even recommended several of her favorite dishes. The server, too, was knowledgable and friendly. Well, it's a month later and it isn't quite the same. The wonderful hostess I had met is no longer there - which is a real shame. Now the maitre'd (I suppose) is unwelcoming which I am willing to forgive seeing as how busy it was if not for them seating another large table (that came in after us) before us. Seeing as how they don't take reservations, I asked the cocktail server why they would do that and was told that they were friends of the owner...is their money greener than mine. This was upsetting and set the tone for the evening. I guess since being reviewed by the Times, they poo on the little guy. Which is very uncool. Otherwise, the food was decent (nothing spectular) and the server was still well informed but very blase (how hard is it to smile - really). But there are better and more friendlier places - do your research and be prepared - you will not leave full for under a couple hundred if you go with a group.

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★★☆☆☆

Recently went to Boqueria for dinner and drinks with four friends. I had been there before when it first opened and had a great time. Then the hostess was deliteful; she smiled when we entered, made small talk and even recommended several of her favorite dishes. The server, too, was knowledgable and friendly. Well, it's a month later and it isn't quite the same. The wonderful hostess I had met is no longer there - which is a real shame. Now the maitre'd (I suppose) is unwelcoming which I am willing to forgive seeing as how busy it was if not for them seating another large table (that came in after us) before us. Seeing as how they don't take reservations, I asked the cocktail server why they would do that and was told that they were friends of the owner...is their money greener than mine. This was upsetting and set the tone for the evening. I guess since being reviewed by the Times, they poo on the little guy. Which is very uncool. Otherwise, the food was decent (nothing spectular) and the server was still well informed but very blase (how hard is it to smile - really). But there are better and more friendlier places - do your research and be prepared - you will not leave full for under a couple hundred if you go with a group.

Pros: The decor is very nice.

Cons: A better hostess staff and preferred seating.

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My BF and I went here right after they got two stars from the Times, and were a little worried that it would be super crowded. We were right, IT WAS. But the wait for two people on a Friday night was only 30 minutes, and we were able to snag some seats at the bar and check out the wine list (awesome) and the SANGRIA (more awesome!!)

The food was amazing, I especially liked the skeward lamb and the croquets, which come as a plate of three: Spanish ham, chicken, and mushroom. YUUUUUUMM!

The servers were really knowledgable, and helpful, and since a lot of the dishes are tapas, it was helpful to have someone guide us through how much we would be able to eat!!! I'll definitly be back, maybe with a bigger group on another night of the week. They don't take reservations, but I'm willing to bet that lunch and weeknights aren't quite as crowded as the weekends.

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★★★★☆

My BF and I went here right after they got two stars from the Times, and were a little worried that it would be super crowded. We were right, IT WAS. But the wait for two people on a Friday night was only 30 minutes, and we were able to snag some seats at the bar and check out the wine list (awesome) and the SANGRIA (more awesome!!)

The food was amazing, I especially liked the skeward lamb and the croquets, which come as a plate of three: Spanish ham, chicken, and mushroom. YUUUUUUMM!

The servers were really knowledgable, and helpful, and since a lot of the dishes are tapas, it was helpful to have someone guide us through how much we would be able to eat!!! I'll definitly be back, maybe with a bigger group on another night of the week. They don't take reservations, but I'm willing to bet that lunch and weeknights aren't quite as crowded as the weekends.

Pros: Fun, Friendly, TASTY

Cons: Crowded

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Was disappointed the first time we went there, and said as much on the comment card (and here). The manager actually emailed me the next day and had us back. We have been back about once a week since then and have been consistently impressed. The food is really good (especially the lentil stew and the prime rib. Yum.), and the service is getting better, despite some growing pains. Management goes out of its way to please. Took my uncle and aunt there over Thanksgiving weekend, and my notoriously hard-to-please (and very vocal about such things) uncle proclaimed it "the best meal I've had out in I don't know how long." We will continue coming back regularly.

2
★★★★☆

Was disappointed the first time we went there, and said as much on the comment card (and here). The manager actually emailed me the next day and had us back. We have been back about once a week since then and have been consistently impressed. The food is really good (especially the lentil stew and the prime rib. Yum.), and the service is getting better, despite some growing pains. Management goes out of its way to please. Took my uncle and aunt there over Thanksgiving weekend, and my notoriously hard-to-please (and very vocal about such things) uncle proclaimed it "the best meal I've had out in I don't know how long." We will continue coming back regularly.

Pros: Delicious food and creative drinks (beer sangria!), management cares about performance, fresh ingredients; good wine list; beer "sangria" innovative and tasty

Cons: Service still somewhat uneven but getting better

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Having lived in Spain a while back, I chose to wander into Boqueria one early Saturday evening after a day of museum hopping (I now live in Chicago). I found a lovely, coolly elegant room and took a seat at the marble-top bar. Jessie, the bartender, was very helpful, explaining the menu and specials, and recommending an excellent Chilean white wine. I had several tastes - Navajas, sliced razor clams grilled and mixe with fresh corn and smoked bacon and served in the shell - Txipirones, sauted baby squid served on a bed of greens with fried garbanzos, radish and olive - Anchovy, one perfectly fried fresh anchovy served with greens, and and a cheese and meat sample (I chose Idiazabal and lomo). All were terrifically fresh, very tasty and nicely presented. The staff and the chef, Seamus Mullen were friendly and professional, and seemed genuinely interested in making sure my dining experience was a good one. I've dined at innumerable "tapas" bars over the years - I can honestly say this one is one of the best I've been to.

2
★★★★★

Having lived in Spain a while back, I chose to wander into Boqueria one early Saturday evening after a day of museum hopping (I now live in Chicago). I found a lovely, coolly elegant room and took a seat at the marble-top bar. Jessie, the bartender, was very helpful, explaining the menu and specials, and recommending an excellent Chilean white wine. I had several tastes - Navajas, sliced razor clams grilled and mixe with fresh corn and smoked bacon and served in the shell - Txipirones, sauted baby squid served on a bed of greens with fried garbanzos, radish and olive - Anchovy, one perfectly fried fresh anchovy served with greens, and and a cheese and meat sample (I chose Idiazabal and lomo). All were terrifically fresh, very tasty and nicely presented. The staff and the chef, Seamus Mullen were friendly and professional, and seemed genuinely interested in making sure my dining experience was a good one. I've dined at innumerable "tapas" bars over the years - I can honestly say this one is one of the best I've been to.

Pros: The food and service.

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space is beautifully finished.. and very inviting.
food is very well balanced, hits all the notes..and perfect amount if you want to try multiple dishes.. (people! this is TAPAS place, if you want gigantic american portions, goto your local dinner!. this is place where you indulge your taste buds) i highly recommend this place as a date spot. sophisticated without being stuffy.. simply put, i had a wonderful time, and i will be back to try other dishes i haven't tried last time.. and i'm curious to see their lunch menu.-where can i find it?.

2
★★★★★

space is beautifully finished.. and very inviting.
food is very well balanced, hits all the notes..and perfect amount if you want to try multiple dishes.. (people! this is TAPAS place, if you want gigantic american portions, goto your local dinner!. this is place where you indulge your taste buds) i highly recommend this place as a date spot. sophisticated without being stuffy.. simply put, i had a wonderful time, and i will be back to try other dishes i haven't tried last time.. and i'm curious to see their lunch menu.-where can i find it?.

Pros: nice menu, good atmosphere

Cons: crowded.

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we went to boqueria because we enjoyed dining out at suba in a group and we heard it was by the same owner. if you go, i recommend you stick to the sangria and tapas. the main course was forgettable. and when we were leaving the maitre de accosted us to see why we hadnt tipped over 20%! the service was mediocre and in fact he had made no effort to make us comfortable (its communal seating and so we had to share, but when we suggested a different seating pattern to maximize conversation flow he dismissed it). on the whole. its a good place if you are a group of friends who dont have a reservation for a saturday night dinner (they dont take reservations) but the food and sangria is slightly better than average, and be prepared to overpay on service or else you will be accosted on the way out. ... in sum, better tapas at sala and definitey better service

1
★★★☆☆

we went to boqueria because we enjoyed dining out at suba in a group and we heard it was by the same owner. if you go, i recommend you stick to the sangria and tapas. the main course was forgettable. and when we were leaving the maitre de accosted us to see why we hadnt tipped over 20%! the service was mediocre and in fact he had made no effort to make us comfortable (its communal seating and so we had to share, but when we suggested a different seating pattern to maximize conversation flow he dismissed it). on the whole. its a good place if you are a group of friends who dont have a reservation for a saturday night dinner (they dont take reservations) but the food and sangria is slightly better than average, and be prepared to overpay on service or else you will be accosted on the way out. ... in sum, better tapas at sala and definitey better service

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If you want to experience some authentic Spanish cuisine in a great atmosphere with an attentive staff Boqueria is the place to go. Good for a casual date or a small group. Go early or very late to avoid a wait...

2
★★★★★

If you want to experience some authentic Spanish cuisine in a great atmosphere with an attentive staff Boqueria is the place to go. Good for a casual date or a small group. Go early or very late to avoid a wait...

Pros: Thumbs all the way up on the food and Service

Cons: Wait...

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After reading a number of great reviews about Boqueria, I decided to pop in during my lunch break and give it a shot. It's close to work so I thought, why not? I don't have the luxury of taking a long break so I was concerned that I might be stuck there too long, but I was definetely in the mood for some good food and didn't want the same ol' deli sandwich. I took a seat at the marble counter tapas bar where there were presentations of delicious bocatas (sandwiches) and cocas(open face sandwiches). These were freshly made and only required some grill time - great, speed! I had difficulty choosing between the Bocata Serrano (serrano ham, manchego cheese, roasted peppers...) and the Coca de Boquerones (white anchovies, potatoes, goat cheese...). Honestly, they all looked great. I stuck with the coca de boquerones and it was delicious. While taking it all in, I noticed in the dining area that there were larger groups enjoying a more relaxed lunch and ordering hotter plates like paella and sauteed garlic shrimp. After studying the menu and talking with the friendly bartender, I decided that I might possibly be addicted to this place. Great service, great food, great decor and great options.

2
★★★★★

After reading a number of great reviews about Boqueria, I decided to pop in during my lunch break and give it a shot. It's close to work so I thought, why not? I don't have the luxury of taking a long break so I was concerned that I might be stuck there too long, but I was definetely in the mood for some good food and didn't want the same ol' deli sandwich. I took a seat at the marble counter tapas bar where there were presentations of delicious bocatas (sandwiches) and cocas(open face sandwiches). These were freshly made and only required some grill time - great, speed! I had difficulty choosing between the Bocata Serrano (serrano ham, manchego cheese, roasted peppers...) and the Coca de Boquerones (white anchovies, potatoes, goat cheese...). Honestly, they all looked great. I stuck with the coca de boquerones and it was delicious. While taking it all in, I noticed in the dining area that there were larger groups enjoying a more relaxed lunch and ordering hotter plates like paella and sauteed garlic shrimp. After studying the menu and talking with the friendly bartender, I decided that I might possibly be addicted to this place. Great service, great food, great decor and great options.

Pros: Great service, menu and ambiance

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The atmosphere is perfect, with the attention to detail brilliantly subtle. I have been every week since it opened, and opening issues are basically over. Service is lovely, with knowledge wait staff. Fun vibe, sorta normal for NY -- not too over the top. A real neighborhood find that is always fun to go to. Love taking people to it, they feel like they have found a gem.

2
★★★★★

The atmosphere is perfect, with the attention to detail brilliantly subtle. I have been every week since it opened, and opening issues are basically over. Service is lovely, with knowledge wait staff. Fun vibe, sorta normal for NY -- not too over the top. A real neighborhood find that is always fun to go to. Love taking people to it, they feel like they have found a gem.

Pros: variety, comfortable seating, diverse crowd

Cons: not sure about no reservations, but so far its okay, might be a little too loud with the music especially if with a large group. Had to scream over the meal

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This just opened in my nabe. I don't cook, so I'm always looking for places. What I REALLY like about this one is that you can order a little or a lot depending on your mood. Thats particularly good at lunch if you don't have a lot of time. Plus lunch is still quiet (dinner is a zoo with all the beautiful people oggling each other) but I expect lunch to pick up as the weather cools off.

2
★★★★★

This just opened in my nabe. I don't cook, so I'm always looking for places. What I REALLY like about this one is that you can order a little or a lot depending on your mood. Thats particularly good at lunch if you don't have a lot of time. Plus lunch is still quiet (dinner is a zoo with all the beautiful people oggling each other) but I expect lunch to pick up as the weather cools off.

Pros: Great selections, excellent wine list, cool decor

Cons: Crowded at night.

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If you want a great glass of sangria and some tasty tapas, this is your place. However, if you care at all about the service you receive when you go out stay away from this place!!! My friend and I went in last night (Tuesday) and the place was bustling. When we talked to the hostess, she said there wasn't a list but we could sit at the bar and have a drink while we wait for a table; so we did. We proceeded to order some wine and tapas from the bartender and to wait....and wait....and wait. Not once did the hostess come over to us and when I asked about our table she brushed me off! We tried to make the best of it and enjoyed each other's company while others got seated ahead of us and the hostess disregarded us completely! When we left I spoke to her about her process and the fact that she never sat us. She proceed to actually YELL at me and brought the manager over! I told the manager that everything about the place was great, except the service needed work. He was apologitic but didn't offer anything for our trouble. I told him that I would NEVER come back to this place based on how we were treated....THERE ARE PLENTY OF GOOD TAPAS PLACES IN THIS CITY WHERE YOU WILL ACTUALLY GET TREATED LIKE A PERSON, NOT A NUISANCE!

1
★★☆☆☆

If you want a great glass of sangria and some tasty tapas, this is your place. However, if you care at all about the service you receive when you go out stay away from this place!!! My friend and I went in last night (Tuesday) and the place was bustling. When we talked to the hostess, she said there wasn't a list but we could sit at the bar and have a drink while we wait for a table; so we did. We proceeded to order some wine and tapas from the bartender and to wait....and wait....and wait. Not once did the hostess come over to us and when I asked about our table she brushed me off! We tried to make the best of it and enjoyed each other's company while others got seated ahead of us and the hostess disregarded us completely! When we left I spoke to her about her process and the fact that she never sat us. She proceed to actually YELL at me and brought the manager over! I told the manager that everything about the place was great, except the service needed work. He was apologitic but didn't offer anything for our trouble. I told him that I would NEVER come back to this place based on how we were treated....THERE ARE PLENTY OF GOOD TAPAS PLACES IN THIS CITY WHERE YOU WILL ACTUALLY GET TREATED LIKE A PERSON, NOT A NUISANCE!

Pros: Good sangria, tasty tapas

Cons: TERRIBLE SERVICE, AWFUL HOSTESS!

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Sangria, Tapas, and rocking music. Stick to eating at the marble bar to really absorb the NY fashinistas.. Were not in Kansas anymore!

2
★★★★★

Sangria, Tapas, and rocking music. Stick to eating at the marble bar to really absorb the NY fashinistas.. Were not in Kansas anymore!

Pros: Food, Hotties, Environment

Cons: They dont have restuarants like this in my town

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Serving up tapas dishes in a chic but unpretentious environment, Boqueria offers grilled octopus, which is charred on the outside but still full of juice, and cod croquettes which are mushy in a good way. The skewered, seared lamb is…

 

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