1. Alta (Greenwich Village) – Alta, as in “high,” as in “haute,” at this sexy Village tapas spot. 2. Degustation Wine & Tasting Bar (East Village) – Mannered tapas more about multiple changes of silverware than half-gallon pitchers of sangria. Put on a classy costume. 3. Flor de Sol (Tribeca) – Sexy Spanish tavern with the best sangria in the hood.
4. La Nacional (West Village) – Subterranean Spanish haunt hosts the most authentic tapas experience in NYC. 5. Casa Mono (Gramercy) – Man’s man’s tapas. Meat good. Make happy. Grunt. Grunt. 6. Oliva (Lower East Side): Basque home cooking that’s as wonderfully odd and complex as the language itself. Plus best sangria in the hood. 7. Tia Pol (Chelsea) – Basque in the glow of top tapas. Small plates = small waists. No reservations = long waits. 8. Boqueria (Union Square) – Realest Valencian paella in town courtesy of a guy named Seamus. Melting pot and all that. 9. Mercat (Greenwich Village) – Seared Catalonian tapas as solid as the brick, marble, and wood that make up this market-inspired NoHo newcomer. 10. Harbour Drive (Soho) – Spanish seafood in luxe yacht interior evolves into a rockin’ Marbella party boat.