Unlike having bicycles, apartments, and guard dogs, having many small plates can be just as effective as one big one. Revel in appetizing arithmetic with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of tapas and Spanish fare at Bossa Nova.
Chefs accent Bossa Nova's menu of tapas and adventurous entrees with notes from the Spanish heartland and Asia's eastern coastline. The profusion of tapas includes toast blanketed in goat cheese, figs, and ham ($6.95) and scallops seared with ginger and hoisin sauce ($10.95), which foil hunger pangs and delight pocket-sized matadors. Dexterous hands mold the house-made spanish chorizo ($12.95) before partnering the rustic pork sausage with roasted potatoes and a tangy dijon and balsamic reduction. Kicky dressing and fresh crab or shrimp enliven a selection of sushi rolls ($9.95−$12.95) with the aquatic glee of Jacques Cousteau in water wings.
Light diffuses through fabric panels hung from the loft ceiling, deterring timid phantom forks and reflecting off knots of colorful loveseats and glass coffee tables. Only appropriately clad night owls at least 21 years in age may soar into Bossa Nova's chic digs, which are decorated with a wide variety of artwork.
At Bossa Nova, it’s okay to begin a meal with cupcakes. In the baked chicken cupcakes—one of many tapas plates on the menu—mashed potatoes are substituted for frosting, and there’s a garnish of sautéed zucchini. Such innovative recipes are mixed in with a number of classic ones; you can also try fried calamari, spicy tuna tartar wrapped in cucumber, and a bacon, brie, and potato sandwich. These dishes are centered on a communal dining experience, which encourages you to try whatever tapas plate your friend is eating without first pretending to have somehow misplaced your own. In addition to tapas, the kitchen serves up larger entrees such as Spanish chorizo and beef filet.
The restaurant's space is just as eclectic as the cuisine, with a circular bar covered in mosaic tiles acting as the centerpiece. Stop here to order wine and cocktails, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, guests head to the dance floor during DJ sets. Chandeliers and vibrant artwork surround the tables spread throughout the dining room, and there are nooks embedded into the walls if you want a more intimate setting.
123 7th St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222