Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston's Finest

With Toro, Chelsea ups its Spanish tapas game


There are two things you should be doing under the High Line right now.

Gazing into those multi-hued early fall sunsets over the Hudson River. And stuffing your face with jamon and lardo.

Time to hit up Toro, the new Barcelona-style tapas bar that just opened opposite of Chelsea Market.

Sound familiar? That's because the original Toro in Boston is notorious for being packed to the gills with people and amazing food, thanks to James Beard Award-winning chef Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.

With a dizzying array of delicious items, you'll wish you had extra time. If your date doesn’t get excited by lardo with pickled pumpkin, fried garlic, and fleur de sel as much as you do, point her in the direction of the Tapas a La Plancha.

We highly recommend the bocadillo de erizos, a pressed sandwich of sea urchin, miso butter, and pickled mustard seeds. But don't get attached, because the menu changes up regularly.

Inspired sherry cocktails and G+Ts are fine and good, but the real fun starts when you order the porron. It's basically a giant decanter filled with cava that you pour directly into your mouth.

Good luck walking that High Line.

85 10th Ave. (W. 15th St.), Chelsea
(212) 691-2360

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: A/C/E/L to 8th Avenue
Scene: A melting pot of suits, foodies, and Europeans.
Best bets: Bocadillo de erizos; gambas al ajillo; abalone; jamon Iberico de Fermin
Nearby: Del Posto, Colicchio + Sons, Chelsea Market

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