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Bull's Eye!

November 07, 2013

Ordinarily it’s a nation’s first tier cities, namely New York, London or Paris, that engender the kind of cutting-edge restaurants that have impassioned foodies flocking from near and far. However, a cheering exception to this rule is Toro, a successful Barcelona-inspired tapas concept that was born in Boston and has, after months of delays, burst onto the New York scene with a not unwarranted flourish. And it would seem the wait has been worthwhile as co-chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer unveil a soaring new space overlooking the Hudson river, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, vines creeping up exposed brickwork, and a polished patchwork of reclaimed wood and industrial girders.

Perch at the open-air plancha bar at the back of the restaurant to watch the cooks skilfully whipping up avant-garde plates involving cockles, sweetbreads, coxcombs and sea cucumber. Or opt for their more traditional Iberian fare like paella, beef heart romesco, whole-roasted fish, and skirt steak in a cabrales butter in the main restaurant.

The wine list is predictably Spanish-centric, with by-the-glass offerings from Catalonia, and cocktails including gin and homemade tonic, sherry mixed up with all manner of tinctures and syrups, and a lusciously fruity house sangria that’s sure to hit the bull’s eye!

85 10th Ave
+1 212 691 2360
dining: 5.30-11pm Mon-Wed, 5.30pm-midnight
Thur-Sat & bar: 5pm-1am Mon-Wed, 5pm-2am Thur-Sat