A few things to note before we get into it. First, this is a review of the Boqueria on 19th St., not of the SoHo location, and not of both. Boqueria Soho has a different dynamic and clientele. Second, let us preface this by saying that we've been coming to Boqueria for a while now, and we generally enjoy the place. The only problem we have is that it's slowly becoming to Spanish food what Sushi Samba is to Japanese. What does that mean exactly? It means that it's on the short list of venues for Girl's Night Out, and that the food is hit or miss. Don't get us wrong, we're absolutely fine with going to a restaurant loaded with girls, but consistency is what we crave and Boqueria seems to be all over the map these days. The best bets on the menu tend to be the more simple items like Brussels sprouts, pan con tomate, and anything with chorizo. The wine list is good and reasonably priced (plenty of bottles priced under forty dollars), and the churros are pretty excellent. Maybe even better than the ones that dude sells on the L train platform. At the end of the day, the good at Boqueria is definitely good, and if you stick to the right things, you'll probably walk away happy. Then again, when we're craving some Spanish food we're probably headed to La Vara or Casa Mono instead. For the purposes of this Food Rundown, we're going to stick (mostly) to the stuff we liked.
Food RundownPan Con Tomate
A simple Spanish classic, bread with smashed tomatoes garlic and some olives. Incredibly flavorful for being so simple.Bacon Wrapped Dates
Three dates to an order, these sweet little guys are wrapped in awesome salty bacon. Amazing.Pimientos de Padrón
Also known as shoshito peppers, and hopefully by now you know that we love shoshito peppers. Another winner for sure.Buñuelos de Bacalao
We're no stranger to salt cod fritters, but something about the texture on these don't do it for us. We'd recommend the croquetas jamon instead.Asparagus with Poached Egg
A special on a recent visit, these were incredible and the poached egg adds an amazing richness. Vegetables seem to get the right kind of love at Boqueria, which leads us to the Brussels sprouts...Coles de Bruselas y Chorizo
A good Brussels sprouts dish is hard to beat, and this is one of the best we've had. Tasty roasted sprouts with chorizo, which makes everything better.Albóndigas
Yep, these are awesome. Lamb meatballs with a sheep's milk cheese sitting in a tomato based sauce. Save some bread to soak that up.Churros
Warm donuts with cinnamon and sugar and some dark chocolate, it's pretty much impossible not to stuff these into your face at high velocity.