Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sala 19 is always good!

Dinner at Sala 19 is always good. I was introduced to this place by my good friend, Mr. Matzo Ball Soup. It's a Spanish restaurant in the Flatiron area. It offers lots of tapas. It also has larger plates as well. The sangria is really good here. And we always get a pitcher or two. It's been a part of my outings ever since that first time. I even highly recommend the place to other people. The food is always good. The service is attentive. And the prices are decent. I will continue to go here over and over again. Recently, I went to Sala 19 to celebrate a couple of birthdays. We had 5 people and we ordered a lot of food. At the end, everyone was happy and full! The bill with 2 pitchers of Sangria ($29 each), food, tax, and tip (20%) was $330. This is what we ordered. Keep in mind, we had 2 servings of some of the dishes.
Chorizo Frito (spanish sausage): slightly crispy and spicy. So good!
Calamare a la Plancha (grilled squid): fresh and lemony; not chewy at all!
Brie Fundido Tosta (baked brie and serrano ham over toast): creamy from the cheese, salty from the ham, and crunchy from the bread.
Queso de Cabra con Miel (fried goatcheese with honey): crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside.
Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp sauteed in garlic and olive oil): arrived sizzling but perfectly cooked and very garlicky
Croquettas de Jamon (serrano ham croquettes): soft potatoes specked with ham and fried!
Chuletas de Cordero (lamb chops): nice and medium rare; tender; good sauce
Mejillones al Vapor (steamed mussels): juicy and plump mussels; the broth is aching to be dipped with bread.
Lubina a la Brasa (sea bass): very tender but had lots of little bones.
Tortilla Espanola (Spanish omelet): soft and pillowy but had lots of flavor
Datil (bacon wrapped stuffed dates): surprise of the night; very good combination; fantastic!
Molten Chocolate Cake: gooey chocolate goodness
Rice Pudding: flavors worked really well and it had a creme brulee sugar top.
Sala 19 35 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011 (212) 229-2300

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