A Sea Of Tapas At Salinas
There’s no shortage of Spanish tapas spots in Chelsea, the area is flanked with good ones- Boqueria, Tia Pol, El Quinto Pino and Socarraat. So, Salinas had some stiff competition coming in…and they rose to the occasion!
The unique, airy Mediterranean vibe set in a loungy space with ocean blue banquettes and a retractable roof gives you the best of both worlds- indoor and outdoor dining. And the front bar area is perfect for cocktails and a few small bites.
The menu is packed with classic and seasonal tapas along with must-haves like paella.
Grilled Country Bread with Garlic, Tomatoes and Olive Oil- It reminded me of bruschetta but it was more of a puree.
Tuna Ceviche- Fresh and tasty.
Brussel Sprouts and Green Cauliflower with Yogurt, Mint and Pimentón De La Vera- A nice blend of flavors and textures.
Quail Wrapped in Bacon- Tender and savory.
Strip Steak- Cooked to perfection and the sauce was out of this world!
The owners (husband and wife) were terrific. They sent over a few glasses of champagne.
THE SWEET SPOT:
Caramelized Spanish French Toast with Vanilla Gelato- I want this for breakfast! The French toast oozed yummy goodness.
Passion Fruit Semifredo with Rice Pudding – A refreshing dessert that melts in your mouth.
Salinas – 136 9th Ave / 212-776-1990
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