Small Plates and Friendly Service at VinoTapa

Small Plates and Friendly Service at VinoTapa

I know I’ve delighted you with tales of my culinary adventures in NYC. As you already know, these exploits normally begin with my boyfriend and I making very last-minute dinner plans—destination (normally) unknown. While recently forging for food near my office in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, we stumbled upon VinoTapa in the nearby Murray Hill neighborhood.

Although we walked into the cozy restaurant—complete with exposed brick walls, warm wood accents and wrought-iron embellishments—around 6 p.m., not long after it opened for the night, there were already plenty of folks stationed at the bar telling jokes and conversing with the convivial staff. The friendly vibe isn’t just extended to VinoTapa’s regulars, as the BF and I felt right at home from the moment we were led to our table.

Before we even ordered, we learned that the restaurant used to be an Italian spot but made the switch to tapas not too long ago. After sampling the selections and eyeing the happy customers (the restaurant was pretty much packed within a half hour of being there), I’d say the transformation paid off.

The thing I like about tapas is there’s normally something for everyone. Not a meat eater? Well, there are plenty of herbivore-friendly items on the menu such as the Brussels sprouts with sautéed honey and mustard—an interesting combination that expertly mixed sweet with savory. To satisfy carnivorous cravings, the restaurant boasts full-flavored small plates like the heaping helping of sautéed chorizo in white wine and garlic and the Albondigas, a pile of beef and pork meatballs with tomato and Chili de Arbol. Both dishes came with plenty of flaky bread to soak up the extra sauce.

For more specific dietary restrictions, VinoTapa also offers gluten-free fare and vegan options. To view the menu, click here.

Whether you’re looking for an impromptu dinner date destination, a casual weekend brunch spot or a place to kick back with a $5 glass of happy hour wine, make the trip to VinoTapa in Murray Hill. You won’t be disappointed.        


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