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High spirits, industrial-chic setting, extensive Iberian wine list, and busy sidewalk tables complement Catalan cuisine at least as tasty as the genuine article. Tapas, single-serving paellas, and desserts have a freshness and zip peculiar to 21st-century California.
Paris, London, and Rome are cities with monochromatic aesthetics; solid, venerable, and with a millennium or three of accrued grit and grandeur to maintain their status quos. Paris is particularly gray and drizzly in late October, which is just... More »
The thing most local Spanish restaurants lack is the distinctive energy of the original model, especially the vida loca pizazz to be found in Barcelona's ever-buzzing tapas bars and bodegas. B44 is tucked into an alleyway not unlike those that harbor many bistros found in Barcelona's old quarter; the sidewalk out front overflows with diners enjoying the positively Catalan sunshine; the exposed-concrete, primary-colored, modern-industrial setting is totally Gaudi; the handsome bar is stocked... More »