Legend maintains that, after curing himself of an illness by eating tapas with wine, King Alfonso of Spain ordered all of his subjects to follow the same diet, shortly before demanding that everyone don a crown and refer to each other as “your majesty.” Force your friends to live like kings with today’s Groupon to Tapastry Restaurant in Montclair. Customers should bring their own wine for mixing into sangria. Choose from the following options:
- For $29, you get a tapas meal for two (up to a $65 total value) that includes the following:
- Four small tapas (up to a $14 value each)
- Tio Manolo sangria mix (a $9 value)<p>
- For $39, you get a tapas meal for four (up to a $93 total value) that includes the following:
- Six small tapas (a $14 value each)
- Tio Manolo Sangria mix (a $9 value)<p>
- For $45, you get a tapas meal for six (up to a $126 total value) that includes the following:
- Four large tapas (up to a $27 value each)
- Two pitchers of Tio Manolo Sangria mix (an $18 value)
Tapastry’s Gonzalo Fernandez plots a gourmet tour of Galicia aided by a menu of authentic sharable Spanish cuisine, tasty pours of sangria, and sweet strains of flamenco and jazz. Diners chart their tasty courses with a litany of small plates, with the pan catalan ($6/$11) tempting innocent taste buds with the promise of savory portuguese cornbread with tomatoes or spicy skewers of pollo picante ($6/$11) transporting chicken from table to tongue. Guests tote along bottles of their favorite wine, initiating it into the secret society of Tapastry’s well-guarded sangria recipe while munching on pork loin and bell pepper with servings of raxo con patacas ($8/$15) or marinated skirt steak and spinach with plates of falda a la plancha ($10/$19). As flavorful and shareable tapas ferry palates across the Atlantic, live flamenco performances and spirited displays of gypsy jazz guitar resound throughout Tapastry on weekends, conjuring an authentic Iberian atmosphere without the complicated legal process of claiming New Jersey for Spain.
When the hot-dog restaurant in their building closed unexpectedly, leaseholders Greg and Cheryl Spinelli decided to use the space to create a cuisine rarely found on the Montclair restaurant scene: authentic Spanish tapas. According to Baristanet, the duo paired with chef Gonzalo Fernandez—a native Galician—to create a menu of small plates that includes grilled chorizo, Galician-style sardines, and bacon-wrapped dates as well as a Sunday brunch. One of the eatery’s most flavorful dishes, paella, combines seven varieties of seafood—including grilled langoustine, scallops, and mussels—with spoons that have learned to swim. Every Friday night, Tapastry extends its vibrant Spanish influences to the dance floor, where the renowned flamenco group Romeria Flamenca performs in back-to-back shows.