Friday, January 13, 2012

Next Stop: Spain

Before heading to Despana, all I was told was that it was a Spanish market/grocery. So, I was pleasantly surprised when we walked in to see that it was so much more. Gourmet Spanish products were stocked on the shelves and in the cases in the front (olive oils, cured meats, cheeses, etc.) and in the back was a tapas bar and cafe. It was so authentic and such a great find.

What we ordered:
- Pisto: simmered zucchini, red and green peppers, tomatoes, onions
- Tortilla Espanola tradicional: eggs, potatoes, onions
- Chorizo bocadillo: Traditional Spanish sandwich with chorizo, slices of manchego cheese, and a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- Pintxos served on fresh bread: Morcilla (black sausage) in tomato sauce and Serrano ham with manchego cheese


Worth the trip for...
- A truly unique tapas experience in a really well-decorated setting (subway tiles, dark wood, white marble tables, bookcases with books about Spain)
- The high-quality bottles of olive oil they have at every table...perfect for dipping the fresh bread into

Skip the trip for...
- Nothing!

Despana
408 Broome Street
b/t Cleveland Place & Lafayette Street
website
Menu Pages listing

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