Saturday, December 4, 2010

El Boqueron Tapas Bar and Restaurant

El Boqueron has been on the same funky corner in Astoria for ten years. Right next to the elevated train, between two subway stops, it doesn't necessarily have the ultimate location for an upscale Spanish restaurant. Yet it's a well-traveled corner, and El Boqueron's beautiful awning catches the eye of the passerby. This is a place you go for a creative Sangria, delectable Tapas, and traditional Spanish main courses. It ain't all that cheap - yet priced within reason for a fancy Astoria joint. They've hung on through the difficult economy and have earned the distinction of a neighborhood institution. The owner and his kitchen staff pay fierce attention to freshness, authenticity and also innovation (I recently had a grilled mushroom and squid crostini-type tapa that knocked my socks off). And the garlic, oh, the garlic. Almost everything is infused with it in heady, magical ways. I cannot imagine finding better food in Spain itself though I've never been there. The staff is friendly and professional and the interior is gorgeous. Go hang out there for lovely wine and appetizers or a first class dinner - they even do lunch!

Evaluation: Very sincere!


31-01 34th Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106

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