Post-doctor’s appointment where the doctor told me I need to start eating smaller meals every few hours and snack a lot instead of normal-sized meals, we decided to grab a bite before our next appointment. Since I’d so recently written about our great time at Boqueria, we decided to check out a different location and hit up the happy hour — a special cocktail of the day, nibbles and snacks for reduced prices — yes please!
I asked the bartender if he could make me something fun and nonalcoholic. He offered to make me the cocktail of the day without alcohol, and I found it fruity, fun and sweet. Hubba Hubby got this with alcohol — gin, I believe — and said it was very fun. I believe it was pomegranate, lemon, and a liberal amount of freshly grated nutmeg on top.
The patatas bravas, which I’d enjoyed so thoroughly last time, were $5 during happy hour (normally $9) — slightly spicier than I recalled, but still fried expertly crisp, drizzled generously with creamy aioli, sitting atop a bed of spicy tomato puree. I really like this dish, though by the end I was sweating a little bit to Hubba Hubby’s great amusement (he loves spicy food). Our final bite was pintxo de carne, or grilled beef skewers on top of grilled country bread with salsa verde and hazelnut romesco, $10. The bread was perfect – crisp exterior with a chewy inside, soaked in olive oil and romesco, super nice on its own… and the beef was cooked nicely, with a great char to it. I enjoyed my skewer a lot – this was the perfect early afternoon snack to tide us over until dinner later.
I still highly recommend Boqueria — happy hour fills up quickly, we only lucked into seats because we arrived before 5 pm but as soon as the clock struck 5:05, people began piling into the place. The prices are right, the food is great, the drinks are nice and service is super friendly and attentive — definitely check it out when you are in the area.
Boqueria Flatiron (check website for other locations)
53 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011