Thursday, April 5, 2012

Barcelona Via Boqueria

It's pretty gutsy for a brand spanking new restaurant to host a bunch of food bloggers for happy hour, let alone make them all happy. But the latest NYC import, Boqueria, just about nailed it on the head.

In Penang's old space on 18th and M in Midtown, Boqueria brings the kind of energy you would expect from a restaurant in the Big Apple but don't normally see in the office building-ridden area near Dupont. And dammit, after only being open less than two weeks, you can see why this place is already getting packed.

The restaurant is fun and lively, the drink menu makes you thirsty and the food is the perfect change of pace from other tapas restaurants in the D.C. area at an incredibly reasonable price. It's the kind of place you want to go, eat, drink and hang with a big group for hours.

This is definitely already a hit with the after-work crowd and the happy hour menu is exactly why. It features drinks and bites from $4-6, with highlights including the Alhambra Negra beer ($4), sangrias ($5), patatas bravas ($4), conjonudo (toast points topped with caramelized onions, fried quail egg) and toast point topped with a white anchovy, tomato and tapenade (BY FAR my favorite thing I had).

patatas bravas

Don't be scared of the 'chovy, y'all, SO GOOD!

Wittle baby quail eggs

Bacon wrapped dates - never fails

Blistered shisito peppers with coarse sea salt


Pork belly skewers, need I say more?

 Boqueria
1837 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202.558.9545

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