New York, NY 10011
Village Voice's Description
Despite all the obstacles, New York City dwellers will flock to any spot offering a cool summer breeze. Salinas, a Spanish spot in Chelsea featuring a retractable ceiling, is no exception. The overall vibe is faux rustic chic-think Manolo Blahnik hiking boots. The food, though, is pure Spain, inspired by the regions along the coast and the Balearic Islands. In addition to textbook tapas(shishito peppers, tomato-slathered toast), you can get decent dishes like rosejat rápida (basically a gourmet Spanish Rice-A-Roni) and a fine crispy suckling pig. Service, though, needs major work. But at least you're eating outside! Sorta.
Tips from foursquare
Try the Rosejat Rápida—a paella riff made with short noodles instead of rice—which incorporates poached chicken, chorizo and briny cockles. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011.
The Spanish joint has a San Sebastian native in the kitchen making everything from small plates like Iberico ham on toasted bread & garlicky head-on shrimp to bigger, sharable portions.
Recommended dishes: Crujiente mahonés, shrimp with garlic, jamón Ibérico, braised tripe, pumpkin-and-chicken soup, poached octopus, rosejat rápida, grilled chicken, suckling pig, torrija caramelizada.
The name “Salinas” is an homage to the areas along the Mediterranean Sea where salt is harvested. This translates into tapas like fried shishito peppers and mussels in a wine and smoked paprika sauce.
Service was exceptional. Food was OK. Squid ink vermicelli was yummy- but my lips are black.
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