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Offline Garciavision

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Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« on: July 25, 2009, 05:13:08 PM »
It is on Broadway b/t 33rd and 34th street

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2009, 06:55:28 AM »
Anybody know when?  I've been waiting for this place ever since I saw the signs.
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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2009, 04:34:40 PM »
I never walk in that area, any1 know if it's open already?

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2009, 06:51:24 PM »
Walked by last night and it looked like they still had signs on the door.

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009, 10:59:34 AM »
I just walked by and the doors were open in front, revealing the dining area.  Two men were walking around inspecting everything.  Tables and chairs were pushed up against the left wall and there was a nice-looking bar along the right wall. Maybe it won't be too long now?

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2009, 01:07:26 PM »
I saw it open as well - the doors at least.  It looks nice inside.

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2009, 01:23:29 PM »
It's definitely open, walked by the other night and the owner asked us to come inside and see. Very nice man. They serve authentic Spanish food. I can't wait to try the Gambas Ajillo!
He said he gets everything from Spain. Serrano Ham, Spanish chorizo. yum
Looks good.

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2009, 03:56:57 PM »
Ditto.  I walked by and saw the restaurant full of people on the weekend.  I was disappointed I had other plans!  Rioja is on my list.

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2009, 02:19:21 AM »
Opened last week. They have goog $7 sandwiches. They are awaiting liquor license

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2009, 04:09:38 PM »
went here last night.. UNQUALIFIED RAVE for the food! Ah, Iberian ham on a slicer. Pure pork heaven. Amazing cheese selection, great paella, great flan...Ill be here often!

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2009, 04:31:04 PM »
Nice!  Can't wait to check it out!

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2009, 05:09:05 PM »
I like the products they sell in the back also

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2009, 05:11:07 PM »
I have yet to try this place out, the menu seemed to lack variety at 1st glance. I did like the "bocatas" idea though, hopefully get to try it out soon

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2009, 09:10:41 AM »
We ate here the other night and really liked it.  The had both tapas and regular entrees.  I had a grilled pork chop which was delicious and my wife had the garlic chicken.  It was good too but it came served in a terracotta dish in hot oil and took forever to cool off.  But it is well worth another visit and I have yet to check out the items in back, though we were seated up front next to the window display, so I have an idea of what is there.

Since they still don't have a liquor license I would suggest bringing your own.  The new wine store on Broadway is just a block and a half away.  That is what the owner suggested to us.

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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2009, 08:42:57 PM »
had a nice dining experience

Boquerons were good with a little avocado puree on top, served over a tom and garlic vinagrette. This could of had more garlic flavor or some pazaz.
Croquettas were light, but could use more COD bite.
Piquillos stuffed with tuna, looked great but needed a tastier filling with some kind of bite.
 
Main coarse:
Paella Fideau: Excellent but could of used a garnish on top, something green or red. Flavor wise was tasty and fun to eat.
Salmon was great. Over a Green potato puree, crusted with nuts and a buerre blanc type sauce, garnished with warm grapes. Nice.

Torta de Santiago : Superb
Crema Catalana (Flan) Light and just perfect.

Good luck to them. :mrgreen:


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Re: Rioja Spain almost ready to open
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