NYC has no dearth of terrific tapas joints, but this one has an unusual focus: the recipes left in the Spanish canon from the days when Moors and Jews inhabited the Iberian peninsula. It’s an intriguing concept, one that results in appetizing dishes, like juicy lamb meatballs atop mint yogurt; Persian cucumber and grain salad with tahini; and fried artichokes with garlic aioli (they reminded me of the famed Jewish-Italian artichoke preparation). Cocktails, too, are splendid here, as is the spirited atmosphere, thanks to the lovely staff and a very local crowd of regulars. An ideal place to head after an evening stroll in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
- Pauline Frommer