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The Food Lab Lite: The Best Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 29 comments

When Spanish-style garlic shrimp is done perfectly, when the shrimp are juicy and tender with a crunchy pop, when the oil sings with a chorus of layered garlic flavors, it can be transcendent. That's what we're after today. More

Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 11 comments

Juicy, tender shrimp packed with layered garlic flavor and plenty of olive oil makes the perfect Spanish-style snack. More

Watch Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette Make Rabbit and Snail Paella at Toro

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

Ken Oringer's five Boston area restaurants—including the flagship Clio in the Eliot Hotel, sashimi bar Uni, pizza and salumi bar Coppa, taqueria La Verded, and the original Toro in Boston's South End—are still key players in the Boston scene, but the new branch of Toro recently opened in Chelsea is his first move in New York. Here's a look at how their paella, a large-format dish in several variations, is made. More

Small Space, Small Plates, Big Flavors at Peix, Bar de Mariscos

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

The Spanish menu created by Mexican chef-consultant Ignacio Carballido (Cafe El Portal and Casa Mezcal) at Peix Bar de Mariscos is simple to the extreme—most dishes are nothing more than pristine seafood, a bit of olive oil, and some good technique—but compelling. It's easy to respect a chef who has the sense to let the ingredients do most of the work for him, letting their own creativity ride in the passenger seat. More

The Vegetarian Option: La Mujer Gala, Bringing Tapas to Prospect Heights

New York Lauren Rothman Post a comment

In a case of rapid New York City restaurant turnover, the space that once was Aliseo Osteria Del Borgo, the Italian spot on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, is now La Mujer Gala, a tapas and small plates restaurant that leans more heavily on true, Spanish-style tapas than on the generic small (but typically expensive) plates offered all over town these days. Though a meal here has some pleasures, the menu needs some work. More

Jarro XIV: Thoughtfully Crafted Pintxos in Cobble Hill

New York Paul Yee 2 comments

The pintxos menu at Jarro XIV liberates you from any such dilemma. The dozen or so Mediterranean-inspired canapés (all $5 or less) are thoughtfully constructed, with great attention paid to the balance of savory, sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. They make for an actually affordable small plates menu, with good entrées to boot. More

Pan con Tomate (Spanish-style Toast with Tomato)

Serious Eats Marvin Gapultos 4 comments

After toasting olive oil-brushed baguette slices under the broiler, I rub the crisp bread with fresh garlic, then spoon on a mixture of tomato and serrano chile that were grated on a box grater. A drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt are nice finishing touches for this simple Spanish tapas dish. More

Bar Bites: Anchovy, Red Pepper, and Manchego Pintxos

Marvin Gapultos 4 comments

Anchovy fillets, roasted red peppers, and Manchego cheese are spiked onto a garlic-rubbed baguette round and quickly toasted under the broiler. A drizzle of sherry vinegar right before serving provides some sharp acidity to cut through the saltiness of the anchovy, and nuttiness of the cheese. Salty, tangy, and crisp, these pintxos are great pre-cursors to a glass of wine or beer. More

Anchovy, Red Pepper, and Manchego Pintxos

Serious Eats Marvin Gapultos Post a comment

Anchovy fillets, roasted red peppers, and Manchego cheese are spiked onto a garlic-rubbed baguette round and quickly toasted under the broiler. A drizzle of sherry vinegar right before serving provides some sharp acidity to cut through the saltiness of the anchovy, and nuttiness of the cheese. Salty, tangy, and crisp, these pintxos are great pre-cursors to a glass of wine or beer. More

Date Night: Uneven Spanish Fare at El Mio Cid

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler Post a comment

El Mio Cid sits on the corner of Starr and Wilson in Bushwick, a cheerful yellow facade, bordered with plants, across from dollar stores and a bunker-like middle school. Just as this part of the neighborhood still belongs to Old Bushwick, El Mio Cid belongs to Old Spain. More

A Sandwich a Day: Lomo Adobado at Sala One Nine

New York Dana Abu-Dayyeh Post a comment

Roast pork, roasted peppers, and melty cheese: there's a lot going on in this sandwich. More

The Vegetarian Option: Moroccan Eating a World Away at Casaville

New York Howard Walfish Post a comment

This Moroccan restaurant in Murray Hill is dominated by a large wooden bar, decorated with palm fronds. The air is redolent with spices, and the regulars greeting the staff lend the space the air of bonhomie I would expect from an ex-pat bar halfway across the world. More

Bar Bites: Grilled Sardines with Lemon, Garlic, and Paprika

Marvin Gapultos 5 comments

Because of their small size, sardines make for a quick and easy to prepare finger food option, and when quickly crisped over an open flame, they are great when paired with a glass of Rioja or a cold beer. More

TGI Fry-Day: Fried Alcachofa (Artichokes) at La Vara in Cobble Hill

New York Jessie Pascoe Post a comment

Cobble Hill's La Vara has a whole fried section of the menu. The very first: these formidable fried artichokes, drizzled with anchovy aioli. More

Date Night: Tapas at Nai in the East Village

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler Post a comment

A tapas riddle to get things started: what's better than Tía Pol, less crowded than Casa Mono, and an overall delightful place to eat? Anyone? Such a brainteaser actually has an easy answer: the East Village's Nai. More

TGI Fry-Day: Boqueria's Cojonudo

New York Jessie Pascoe Post a comment

Boqueria might only open at noon, but one taste of their cojonudo ($6)—roughly translated as "awesome" in Spanish—and you will have found breakfast heaven. More

TGI-Fry Day: Fried Olives at Olea in Fort Greene

New York Jessie Pascoe 5 comments

They say tapas make the world go round. Ok, they don't really say that, but they would if more tapas menus included fried olives ($7) like Olea's Tavernera in Fort Greene. More

Apps Only: Tia Pol

New York Ben Fishner Post a comment

You never know if tapas are actually going to be a good deal, so I was a bit apprehensive before visiting Tia Pol for the first time. Turns out that my fears were unwarranted. And the pig's ears would have been worth double what I paid. More

The Vegetarian Option: Basque Tapas at Euzkadi

New York Howard Walfish 2 comments

After how the food will taste, there are two big questions for diners at a tapas restaurant, vegetarian or otherwise: "How much will I have to spend?" and "Will I be full after eating?" We each ordered a glass of txakoli, the sparkling Basque white wine that is the traditional accompaniment to tapas, and tried to answer those questions. More

Mushroom and Crushed Egg Tapas (Tapas de Setas con Huevo)

J. Kenji López-Alt Post a comment

If you were in Italy, you'd call these bruschetta di funghi. In the English speaking world, it's just plain old mushrooms on toast. So why am I calling it by the Spanish tapas de setas? I suppose it's got to do with its simplicity and its reliance on really really good olive oil, two trademarks of excellent tapas. More

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