Christopher Columbus brought Spanish tapas to the New World because the Niña, Pinta, and Santa María were too cramped to accommodate large plates. Sample legendary eats with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a tapas dinner for two at El Mio Cid Restaurant in Brooklyn (up to a $76.50 total value). The dinner includes the following:
- Five tapas plates (up to a $47.50 value)
- One dessert (up to a $6 value)
- One pitcher of sangria (a $23 value)<p>
El Mio Cid Restaurant tantalizes patrons with authentic Spanish tapas, dished out within bronze-hued walls lined with Spanish pictures and a mural of a pastoral countryside. The menu first refreshes palates with a variety of small cold tapas, such as the corazones de alcachofas a la vinagreta, in which artichoke hearts mingle and learn the pangs of love in a light vinaigrette sauce. Then diners can warm up their tongues with a small hot tapas plate, such as the pulpo al mio cid, whose tender octopus swims with garlic and tomatoes in an oceanic sauté of wine. The gambas a la plancha showcases ferocious tiger shrimp who stalk one another under cover of a fresh garlic sauce. El Mio Cid’s pitcher of sangria flavorfully washes down delectable eats, and offers premeal entertainment, as customers bob for fresh fruit floating in the fine wine. For dessert, the poached pears feature sweet and tangy fruit poached in wine, and the traditional tres leches’ comingled milks sweeten and saturate a decadent slice of cake.
El Mio Cid Restaurant
At El Mio Cid, a mouthwatering spread of authentic Spanish cuisine enraptures palates alongside flavorful wines and dulcet pours of Sangria. A tasty array of hot and cold tapas such as baked clams, chicken croquettes, or jamon Serrano and manchego unite tables in a gleeful celebration of communal plate-passing and elaborate foodstuff bartering systems. Elegantly plated entrees burst into fields of view with breathtaking color, awakening salads with house-made dressings and steaks and chicken cutlets with flavorful herbs, peppers, and sauces. In addition to dishing out saffroned paellas, fresh seafood, and meaty meals, El Mio Sid caps off dinners with dulcet desserts, such as flan, ice cream, and sorbet.