Tertulia Spanish Taverna, West Village, New York

Tertulia. n. A social gathering of like-minded individuals with literary or artistic undertones, usually to showcase poetry, short stories, and other artistic expression.

There are perfect meals. Some are in New York, and even in the West Village. But not often in a casual tapas joint. Our evening at Tertulia was one of those pleasant and perfect evenings, an early dinner and a glass of wine, warm company and smiles that centered on the great food before us.

Tosta Matrimonio - black and white anchovies, slow-roasted tomato, sheep'€™s milk cheese, aged balsamic

Tosta Matrimonio – black and white anchovies, slow-roasted tomato, sheep’€™s milk cheese, aged balsamic

 

I love tapas. I’ve loved them since a trip to Barcelona made me fall for a hidden smoky place called Bar Rodrigo, to which I’ve lead a number of travelers, all of whom come back with glowing reviews about that bar that’s stuck in time.

Cojonudo - Two bites of smoked pig cheek, quail egg and pepper

Cojonudo – Two bites of smoked pig cheek, quail egg and pepper

 

Ever since then I’ve longed to replicate that experience in New York, coming close food-wise at Boqueria, but not quite with the crowded and fancified seating. Upon entering Tertulia we were met with walls of weathered mirrors, just like in Bar Rodrigo, and painted signs on glass above a ham and cheese bar.

Tupinambures - 	crispy smoked sunchokes, sumac and citrus yogurt

Tupinambures – crispy smoked sunchokes, sumac and citrus yogurt

 

The food was fantastic, and the service was so attentive it was very impressive. We ordered a little at a time as the food was prepared quickly. Favorites included the Tosta Matrimonio and its tasty, meaty anchovies which were neither salty nor fishy, the grilled pulpo cooked perfectly in an in-house wood grill, the cojonudo’s pork cheek with the added richness of quail egg. I wish we had space for more!

Pulpo A La Braza - Grilled octopus, fingerling potatoes, olive oil and greens.

Pulpo A La Braza – Grilled octopus, fingerling potatoes, olive oil and greens.

 

I’ll definitely be back. I could safely say that this was one of my favorite food experiences in New York, the top for its cuisine/genre.

Langostino a la braza - grilled prawn, fennel, garlic yogurt sauce.

Langostino a la braza – grilled prawn, fennel, garlic yogurt sauce.

 

Coles de bruselas - Crispy Brussels sprouts, pork belly, mojo pica

Coles de bruselas – Crispy Brussels sprouts, pork belly, mojo pica

 

Just like Barcelona :)

Just like Barcelona 🙂

 

I like these. What are they?

I like these. What are they?

 

I hear this place gets packed. This was taken at 5:30.

I hear this place gets packed. This was taken at 5:30.

 

You could be mi favorito restaurante :)

You could be mi favorito restaurante 🙂

 

Nice skylight

Nice skylight

 

Tertulia Exterior

 

Tertulia
359 6th Ave
New York, NY 10012
(646) 559-9909

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