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La Vara

Map & Directions 268 Clinton St.
New York, NY 11201
  • Spanish
  • Sun, Fri-Sat 11:30am-3:30pm, Sun 5pm-10pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Chances are you've never had a craving for the Sephardic-Moorish food of Spain, the country's little-known but deeply influential cuisine. That'll change after a visit to Clinton Hill's La Vara, which serves small plates of fried eggplant with honey and nigella seeds, roasted suckling pig that slides right off the shank bone, and wild salads of salt cod and pomegranate seeds. The charming little restaurant is run by the husband-and-wife team of Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero, who take turns in the kitchen playing with Spain's forgotten irresistible flavors.

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  • Village Voice on 11/26/12

    Charming restaurant plays with Spain's forgotten flavors.Small plates of fried eggplant with honey and nigella seeds & wild salads of salt cod and pomegranate seeds.Critics' choice for best Tapas bar!

  • Fred W. on 05/24/13

    Great tapas bar. We ordered about 12-14 dishes for the four of us and honestly everything was outstanding

  • Conrad D. on 05/24/12

    Listen for the specials, they have many and they're great.

  • jake f. on 06/07/12

    really excellent food. get at least one dish from each section of the menu for the full experience (all are sized for sharing). the suckling pig is usually a special but OMG, that shit cray.

  • Village Voice on 05/31/12

    Make sure to try the remojón, which is considered " the most oddball and excellent dish you'll have had in ages."

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