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Basque-style Bites

June 05, 2014
Huertas
Fronted by what appears to be a typical but unremarkable Spanish bar – with little seating and lots of standing space – you’d be forgiven for thinking new addition to the East Village, Huertas, is just a good spot for a quick sip and a spot of tapas. And at the front bar you can indeed indulge in a rotating selection of bite-size Basque pintxos with a chilled glass of Spanish cider in hand, but venture a little further inside and you’ll find a darling little 24-seat restaurant of exposed bricks, worn warm woods and curving steel partitions. 

Sit-down guests can opt for the four-course Menú del Día re-conceptualised daily by Gramercy Tavern and Maialino alum chef Jonah Miller. Past incarnations have kicked off with San Sebastian-inspired morsels like wood-fired cockles, smoked octopus and his signature Huertas Rotos (shoestring potato topped with a chorizo vinaigrette and a poached egg). Meanwhile, mains include flavoursome fare such as slow-roasted cod with piquillo peppers, fennel and beets, or pork shoulder with spring onion migas and green romesco. Rounding off in Spanish style are rich puds like Crema Catalana with roasted rhubarb and citrus cream, plus a wine list mainly populated with well-priced Spanish drops. Salud!

107 First Ave / +1 212 228 4490 / 5.30pm-midnight Tue-Thu, 5.30pm-1am Fri-Sat, closed Sun-Mon / huertasnyc.com
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