Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Today's Groupon revives shifting sustenance: for $20, you get $40 worth of tapas, pintxos, and more at Lizarran in SoHo.
An upscale eatery with an international presence, Lizarran boasts an extensive menu of authentic Spanish finger-fare (small plates with cured meats and other Spanish ingredients) and sharable cheeses alongside larger dishes of paella and personal-sized protein. More than 200 tapas and pintxos—a toothpick speared variation served on bread—are assembled into appetizer armadas; pintxo bills ($2.50 apiece) are tallied by counting each toothpick patrons extract from their dainties for use as charcuterie catapults. Hearty paellas ($23) combine saffron rice, pepper, artichokes, and peas with chicken or pork, or myriad shellfish including calamari, mussels, and shrimp. A large wine menu overflows with Iberian-libations with which to wash down your meal or the unexpected revelation that you have a twin.
Lizarran's swanky interior is enhanced by plush banquettes, atmospheric back-lighting that encourages intimate plate or chair sharing, and sturdy brick walls tantalizing the self-restraint of partition-traversing poltergeists. Flamenco shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. will set tableware shaking to addictive Andalusian rhythms.
The Rockefeller Center outpost of Lizarran—one of more than 200 international locations and the first in the United States—dishes out tapas inspired by contemporary restaurant's origins in Spain. The Spanish based culinary team is headed by chefs Erick Muñoz and Mikel Presa. Small plates of hot and cold tapas, such as gazpacho with watermelon and cured ham with artichokes, prime appetites for paella and baby squid. The Hamburguesa Lizarran, a Spanish-inspired take on the hamburger, defies convention with cured ham and manchego cheese piled high on beef patties. As diners settle into plush leather dining chairs, bartenders behind the brick-inlaid bar mix cocktails and pour robust Spanish red wines, crossing their fingers that there are no passing bulls in the area. Lizarran is open until 10 p.m., and showcases flamingo dancers from 7–9 p.m. on Fridays.
45 Mercer St.
New York City, New York 10013Get Directions