Spanish crowd-pleaser Boqueria is opening its first location uptown tonight. Barcelona native Marc Vidal is overseeing the menu, which will read similarly to the ones on offer at the Flatiron original and the outpost in Soho. But uptown there will also be breakfast, and a few new dinner items, plus a market menu.
Much of the menu focuses on tapas like the classic gambas al ajilo, shrimp, garlic and Guidilla pepper cooked in olive oil, escalivada, or roasted eggplant with egg, red onion, olives, peppers, and pine nuts. There are also larger items on the menu like seared octopus served with mashed potatoes and pimenton; crispy Brussels sprouts with buttermilk dressing, Jamon Serrano vinaigrette, and candied orange; and mussels cooked with white wine, chorizo, and salsa verde. Wines are largely Spanish and sangria varieties will rotate throughout the seasons. 1460 2nd Avenue, Upper East Side.