Ernesto’s is the new restaurant we’re getting asked about the most. It’s a Basque-inspired place that’s already packed with people eating pinxtos, sitting in leather chairs we’d like to own, surrounded by red brick and gold fixtures and globe lights. On a first visit, we weren’t blown away by the food - with the exception of a tower of housemade potato chips and iberico ham - but the restaurant experience made up for it. It’s a place where you want to hang for a while, or as long as the sommelier/wine whisperer keeps suggesting different half-glasses of French and Spanish natural wines for you to try.
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