New York, NY 10014
Village Voice's Description
Chef Franco Barrio lists both Boqueria and Casa Mono on his
resume, places that changed the popular perception of tapas in the city. Barrio's menu at Caliu ("smoldering ashes") mirrors those at both places, with the bedrock being small servings of Spanish charcuterie and cheeses of high quality--and high
expense, as well. The balance is divided into small and large plates. In the former category, the pan con tomate (small toasts smeared with tomatoes) are excellent, while the papas bravas ("fierce potatoes") taste reheated. In the latter, the lamb belly with yogurt sauce is spectacularly good, and so are the braised mussels, while the shrimp skewers are only a test of the cook's dexterity. The wine prices are surprisingly low, and the dark narrow premises make for a good date spot.
Tips from foursquare
There’s no shortage of delicious seafood and house-made chorizo in the paella. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011.
The bar has an all-Spanish wine and sherry list. For a meatier dish, try the housemade lamb bacon w/salsa verde and pickled scallion, or the rich blood sausage topped w/chickpeas and a poached egg.
The tapas served at this authentic West Village eatery have the seal of approval from Lady Gaga: she enjoyed a low-key evening here with some old NYC buddies last New Year’s Eve.
Boozey brunch for $25!
Brunch special is no joke
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