Salinas’ Sublime Spanish
By John Meyer
Salinas is fast becoming the go to place for an intimate date and delicious tapas. With its dimly lit interior, tables that are tucked away and a staff that is knowledgeable and friendly, it's a tough seat to snag. It is no wonder then, that my guests and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal there recently.
From first bite to last, we were enthralled with our meal. A specialty not to be missed is the "Boquerones Ao Mojo Picon," which delights the palate with marinated white anchovies, a guacamole oviate atop multigrain toast. These unique and complex flavors combine to create a robust culinary experience. Another highly recommended dish is the artichokes they are crispy, and accompanied by sweet candy beets, a goat cheese-lemon aioli, and toasted pine nuts. It was great portent of things to come and a truly memorable bite.
The owner always seems to be always buzzing about and this is a great sign, showing how much love he puts into this spectacular restaurant. One aspect of the establishment that attracts guests is their retractable skylight. It's a very thoughtful way to welcome the city into your meal! It is a unique feature and a lovely addition to the meal.
But back to the food – the foie gras is unique as it comes with both sweet (sweet pimento) and salty (pickled garlic) sides to top off the toasted bread. Pancetta Con Albaricoques – pan seared Berkshire pork belly was one of the highlights of the whole meal. A harmonious interplay of delicious fat (but not too much!) and sweetness from the apricot, it is a dish that showed the technical skill of the kitchen and one that is universally loved by guests.
I could go on like this for a while, but why don't you thank my advice and go in for a taste yourself? With a romantic setting, proficient and friendly service and food that will knock your socks off, Salinas is a restaurant to remember. Go and I promise, you won't leave disappointed!
136 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011