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10 Classic Spanish Restaurants to Try Before You Die

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12212312123123112008_10_hasmaps-thumb%20%281%29%20%281%29_burg.jpgHere's a guide to 10 classic Spanish restaurants in New York City. These aren't the modern imports from Andalucia, the sleek tapas bars, or the studied restaurants that try to highlight the regionality of Spanish cooking. These are the unironic places that were around before all of that and remain in business, where you'll likely find lots of garlic and green sauces, obligatory pitchers of sangria, and waiters that have just always been there. On this list, you'll find restaurants that are delightfully tawdry (El Quijote, Spain Restaurant) and show their age (Sevilla, Riazor). At these places, the main attraction might not always be the food. But there are some restaurants, like Toledo and La Nacional, where the kitchens do good stuff. Here's the map:


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Sevilla Restaurant

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El Charro Español

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Spain Restaurant

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La Nacional

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Cafe Riazor

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Francisco's Centro Vasco

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Though it's got "Basque" in its name, don't come to Centro Vasco expecting modern pintxos or work inspired by Arzak. This is a New York oldie, where simple grilled lobster is the move. You may want to think twice before trying the namesake version, which comes with a slice of Swiss cheese on top. But, if you think about it, that's kind of a progressive flourish, no?

El Quijote

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El Pote

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El Boqueron

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Sevilla Restaurant

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El Charro Español

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Spain Restaurant

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La Nacional

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Cafe Riazor

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Francisco's Centro Vasco

Though it's got "Basque" in its name, don't come to Centro Vasco expecting modern pintxos or work inspired by Arzak. This is a New York oldie, where simple grilled lobster is the move. You may want to think twice before trying the namesake version, which comes with a slice of Swiss cheese on top. But, if you think about it, that's kind of a progressive flourish, no?

El Quijote

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Toledo

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El Pote

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El Boqueron

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