¡Think Pink! Dining Out on the Upper East Side

Boqueria UES[1]

I love it when dining out is truly an experience; one of those memorable events that sticks with you for a while. Well, that’s what my #squad and I had when we went to Boqueria. Let me set the scene for you: it was a typical Friday afternoon in NYC.[2] We strolled off our yacht, the one where we sailed around the Statute of Liberty while we drank Rosé, then we took a walk through Greenwich Village. File Jun 12, 10 45 37 AM

We hopped on the subway and voyaged to the Upper East Side where we took a break for some ice coffee[3]. Before you know it, we were seated outside at Boqueria, on literally one of the top ten days of the year. The sun was slowly setting, the breeze was blowing and the temperature was absolutely perfect.[4]
Boqueria is a Spanish tapas and wine bar with several locations around NYC and Washington DC. This funky little spot had a few tables outside, and inside was a mix of high tops, low tops and a great bar; toward the back you can sit at a counter overlooking the kitchen.

We opted for the fresh air[5] and people watching. Our waiter Freddy came over and got us going with some food and Kieran helped us out with the wine. They’re featuring a host of interesting Rosés at the moment, and we started with Bodegas Los Bermejos Lanzarote Listán Rosado 2015, a bottle from the Canary Islands[6]. File Jun 27, 9 48 51 PM

Kieran explained how the volcanic soil makes the vines work super hard, and the resulting wine is well worth the effort. You could actually smell the salty sea air on the nose; it was slightly effervescent with a definite minerality. A beautiful light pink, very beachy. Perfect with our first round of heaven, I mean food.

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The tapas were On Point. Dates stuffed with almonds and Valdeón blue cheese, wrapped in bacon. Yes. Tabla de Quesos y Embutidos[7] with  Manchego, Caña de Cabra, Jamón Serrano, and Chorizo Ibérico served with olives, pan con tomate and raisin walnut bread. Yes. Seafood paella with shrimp, claims and a creamy aioli. Yes. Grilled seasonal vegetables with a hazelnut romesco sauce[8]. Yes. Quail Egg flat bread with caramelized onions. Yes. Yes. Yesssssss. File Jun 27, 9 47 43 PM

We were livin’ large[9].

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Mid way through our tapas, Kieran came over with a set of porrons, a traditional Spanish wine pourer made of glass, filled with the 2015 Liquid Geography Rosado. To drink from the porron you use the tiny spout to pour it into your mouth. The goal is to get it as far from your mouth as possible. Kieran was a pro and showed us the ropes; we all took a turn, but we were not so skilled. It turned into quite the spectacle. The rosé was great, a bit fruitier than the first, but still light and crisp, not too sweet. We may have cheated and poured the rest of the wine into our glasses after our porron pouring adventure…

Of course, the evening wouldn’t have been complete without dessert. And another bottle of wine. Even though we were all stuffed to the gills and ready for a nap. Making the extra effort was a well-made decision. For the wine, we imbibed some Ameztoi Rubentis Rosé. Kieran instructed us that the proper pour had to start wayyyyy up there in order to get the full experience. File Jun 27, 9 50 49 PM

He was right. The high pour got the wine aerated and the fizzy bubbles poppin’. Though it wasn’t a full blown sparkling, the natural fermentation results in a fizzy bubbles that’s refreshingly fun. A touch sweeter than the previous two wines, with a hint of something citrus; perfect for our last sweet course. File Jun 27, 9 47 55 PM
For dessert, an order of traditional churros, followed by an order with Nutella[10], Arroz con Leche[11] and a Turrón[12] did the trick. When we were finished drinking and gorging snacking, Freddy and Kieran rolled us out into the night and we made our way back toward Greenwich Village.

Seriously this place was amazing. The tapas were great for sharing; we all left fully sated and satisfied. It definitely wasn’t one of those places where you’re still hungry at the end. If you find yourself wandering around the Upper East Side with a sudden craving for tapas and Rosé, you’ve found your destination[13].

Cheers![14]

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] For you non-New Yorkers, UES stands for Upper East Side. I had to Google it too.
[2] I’m being facetious when I say typical. This was anything but typical. I’m open to making this typical. #yachtlife
[3] Because it turns out that sailing around drinking rosé can make you tired. #thestruggle
[4] We took #RoséAllDay to a whole new level today.
[5] See weather notes, supra.
[6] Who knew they made wine?
[7] This means meat and cheese plate for the table. #translator
[8] I could NOT place the hazelnut flavor on my own, but as soon as Freddy said it, it was so obvious. What a flavor experience!
[9] In the words of younger sissy: “If I were walking by, I’d be jealous of us.” So modest. But so true.
[10] Because how do you choose between those two?
[11] Rice Pudding.
[12] Almond and hazelnut cake served with dulce de leche ice cream, topped with honey and Chantilly cream. Mmmmm, yes.
[13] Turns out they deliver too. And they’ll throw in free churros if you order from Caviar or Postmates. What?! Do you know how lucky you people are to live in New York? Food like this is hard to come by where I come from!
[14] Note: My meal was graciously comped by Boqueria. My opinion is entirely my own.