Like voluntary tasings and surprise visits from the in-laws, some meals are best when delivered in small portions. Snack in stride with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of tapas and wine at Saffron Restaurant in Howard Beach.
Saffron Restaurant crafts an epic assortment of tasty tapas plates as well as traditional Spanish dishes and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Gut-rumbling gastronomes can scour the menu for shareable portions of seafood ($10–$15), meat ($9–$16), and vegetarian ($8–$13) tapas ideal for instigating communal conversation and rollicking belly fiestas. Utensil enthusiasts can sink spoons into a saffron-tomato soup infused with fresh vegetables and homemade croutons ($7) before strapping on fork-snorkels for delicious dives in the traditional seafood paella ($24). Fill hourly meat quotas with heaping helpings of classic steaks served with a choice of butternut squash risotto, roasted fingerling potatoes, deep-fried stardust, and more ($32–$65).
A wide array of globetrotting vinos sate sophisticated thirsts, and Saffron's house-made sangrias include Wildberry Red, White Peach, and the palate-baiting Sangria del Toro, which combines fruit and brandy with Red Bull, an energy-boosting elixir ($7–$40). Saffron's sun-soaked ambience boasts vibrantly-painted chairs and elegant décor; plenty of parking ensures patrons won't tie their raging-bull caravans to table legs during their meals.
Saffron Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Amid the whirling of flamenco dancers and lively strumming of guitarists, diners savor and share bites of bright Spanish cuisine presented on minimalistic white plates. The kitchen fills a tapas menu with tasting-size portions of seafood, meat, and vegetable delicacies, enticing guests to indulge in one bite at a time, rounding out each mix-and-match meal with a carafe of housemade sangria or exotic cocktails. Small plates include tzatziki- and cucumber-drizzled bites of lamb, spanish meatballs, and asparagus a la plancha; heartier appetites brave the build-your-own entree option, which allows customers to craft individual meals that include one hearty portion of meat or seafood and one starch, all topped with a choice of sauce or glaze and served with a helping of vegetables. Parties of up to 65 guests can rent out the space for special occasions or have baskets of Spanish specialties brought to off-site locations to add flavorful flair to parties without dousing honored guests in a demi-glace.
161-50 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach, New York 11414