Some nights call for commitment, with bottles of wine and expansive main 
courses.

But on others, we seek spontaneity and the conceit of nonchalance. For this 
we've come to call on wine-bar annexes--like Hearth's Terroir
http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/39/Surrender_yourself_to_sherry_at_Terroir_Wine_Bar_Restaurant_in_the_East_%0D%0AVillage_in_New_York_City.htm 
, Casa Mono's Bar Jamon and Walls?'s The Upholstery Store--which balance 
the pedigree of their formal next-door siblings with the whimsy of 
unceremonious eating.

Add Socarrat Bar De Vinos to the list. The recently opened adjacency to the 
crowd-drawing Socarrat Paella Bar is an obvious relation: Both spaces share 
exposed brick, white cabinet doors papered with old lotto tickets and 
mirror-topped counters and tables.

But BDV's menu steps out of the rice-shaped shadow by keeping to lighter, 
easygoing fare. Start with offerings from a well-curated carving station, 
which includes thin strips of ham from the prized lomo Iberico, before 
moving on to the latas de conservas--canned or jarred mussels, tuna and 
sardines imported from Spain. And slurp through the fabes con almejo ($9), 
a plate of briny clams commingled with tender fava beans, with one of the 
dozen-plus offerings by the glass from the all-Spanish wine list.

And if you have a change of heart, don't worry: The namesake paella from 
next door is available for groups of five diners or more.

Socarrat Bar De Vinos, 259 W. 19th St. (between Seventh and Eighth aves.); 
212-462-1000 or socarratpaellabar.com http://socarratpaellabar.com/
Can't read this email (it has beautiful graphics!)? Click here to read online
 
 
TastingTable
 
 
Tues. 23 Feb '10
Dining | NEW YORK CITY
 
Annex Nexus
Carefree eating at Socarrat's sibling
 
Socarrat
Photo: Sarah and Gan
 
Some nights call for commitment, with bottles of wine and expansive main courses.

But on others, we seek spontaneity and the conceit of nonchalance. For this we've come to call on wine-bar annexes--like Hearth's Terroir, Casa Mono's Bar Jamon and Wallsé's The Upholstery Store--which balance the pedigree of their formal next-door siblings with the whimsy of unceremonious eating.

Add Socarrat Bar De Vinos to the list. The recently opened adjacency to the crowd-drawing Socarrat Paella Bar is an obvious relation: Both spaces share exposed brick, white cabinet doors papered with old lotto tickets and mirror-topped counters and tables.

But BDV's menu steps out of the rice-shaped shadow by keeping to lighter, easygoing fare. Start with offerings from a well-curated carving station, which includes thin strips of ham from the prized lomo Iberico, before moving on to the latas de conservas--canned or jarred mussels, tuna and sardines imported from Spain. And slurp through the fabes con almejo ($9), a plate of briny clams commingled with tender fava beans, with one of the dozen-plus offerings by the glass from the all-Spanish wine list.

And if you have a change of heart, don't worry: The namesake paella from next door is available for groups of five diners or more.

Socarrat Bar De Vinos, 259 W. 19th St. (between Seventh and Eighth aves.); 212-462-1000 or socarratpaellabar.com
FORWARD To a Friend PRINT This Article
SUBSCRIBE To Tasting Table INVITE A Friend to
Tasting Table
 
Share: Facebook Share: Tweet This
 
 
Forward to a Friend
Sponsored
New York Specials
 
 
UPDATE Dickson's Farmstand Meats
Chelsea Market continues to get better: Jake Dickson's butcher shop is now offering lunch (noon to 2:30, weekdays). Look for hot and cold sandwiches featuring meats from the smoker, chili and rotisserie chicken.
 
 
OPENED Magnolia Bakery
The original cult cupcake has a new home at Grand Central Terminal, the latest location of this bakery chain.
 
 
OPENED K! Pizzacone
While we're all for alternative pizza-eating methods, this new Midtown eatery, which features conical pizzas, has us scratching our heads.
 
 
 
 
 
Help / Contact / About / Terms / Privacy Policy / Editorial Policy / Advertise / Search / Jobs / Contests / My Account / UNSUBSCRIBE
 
Tasting Table serves genuine editorial. There is no pay for play. Click here for our editorial policy.
© 2008–2010 TDT Media Inc. doing business as Tasting Table. All Rights reserved.