June 9, 2012 § 1 Comment
After work on Friday afternoon, a few interns and I decided to check out this Spanish tapas place located in Chinatown called La Tasca. We left work at 6, hung out a bit at Jazz in the Garden, and then walked a few blocks to the restaurant. It was 7:30 on a Friday night and the restaurant was bustling but we were quickly seated in the downstairs area.
The menu looked delicious – there is a myriad of tapas, ranging from meat and seafood to vegetarian options. Most of them were around $7-10. I ordered “Verduritas a la barbacoa,” which was barbecue-grilled vegetables with a fried egg – a combination of two of my favorites. It was $7. Other people at the table ordered eggplant rolls, sautéed mushrooms, and scallops, which all sounded incredible. The food arrived 10 minutes later. Now I know that tapas are meant to be appetizer portions, but the ones here are absolutely tiny. We all finished our food in three minutes, no exaggeration.
The veggies consisted of a few small pieces of zucchini, eggplant, and red bell pepper, light seasoned and grilled – nothing to complain about but nothing special. The egg yolk was deliciously runny but obviously a bit hard to eat. We all had to be places, otherwise we might have ordered more food. The price was also an issue – I paid $10 including tax and tip for this portion, barely an appetizer, so a full meal might cost $40-50. Maybe one day I’ll come back when I’m not living off an intern’s salary.