Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Spanish cuisine, tapas, and drinks at Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar.
The chefs at Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar man an arsenal of pots and pans to forge a menu of tapas and authentic eats that represent Spain's northwestern Galician region. Mounds of clams, mussels, shrimp, chicken, and ham roil over a flame in seafood paella ($11), and diners eschew forks, knives, and dinner jackhammers to tear into tapas such as patatas bravas, crisp potatoes cloaked in a piquant sauce ($7). Neighborly chatter floats over plates of chorizos al jerez, which pair the complex sausage with a sherry-wine reduction ($8).
Stuffed grouper lets aromas of crabmeat and shrimp filling seep through a mantle of crisp breading ($20), and house-made red or white sangria ($6/glass) quenches mouth infernos between bites. Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar's minimalist, alabaster interior sets the stage for Friday and Saturday-night flamenco dancing ($1–$6 for entrance and dancing), as well as a flamenco dinner show on the last Saturday of every month, which lets performers flaunt the graceful moves of flight without having to sign autographs for confused bird watchers.
Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar
Since 1980, the Spanish-born Castro family has been serving dishes inspired by the cuisine of Galicia, a region in the northwest of Spain, at their eatery Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar. The kitchen is still helmed by the Castro matriarch, whose deft hands flip manchego-topped seafood crepes and stuff crunchy croquetas with serrano ham. In their crisp, ivory dining room ringed with delicate hanging lamps, parties pass hot plates of mushrooms and goat cheese on toast and cold tapas such as ceviche. Larger entrees satisfy territorial diners with dishes such as fried grouper stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat and served with a lemon sauce. Several tapas are also available in entree-size portions, such as the paella, a harmonious conglomeration that includes clams, mussels, scallops, and chorizo. The restaurant's interior evokes a breezy Spanish patio with soaring arch windows along two walls, and a minimalist Spanish flag above the bar. Live flamenco music every Friday and Saturday night spices up the aural atmosphere and inspires plates of grilled shrimp to dance along.