I initially became interested in Toro when I lived in Boston, where the restaurant was revered very highly and was impossible to get into. With no reservations, it was not uncommon to walk in on a weekend with a three hour wait list. Luckily, I found out they had a location New York City that does take reservations! I went for a date night and has been back multiple time since.
First off, the space is gorgeous. Super high ceilings, skinny and long, looking out along 11th Ave with an open kitchen in the back. In addition, all staff and waiters are so friendly and helpful. Our waitress recommended ordering 2-3 plates per person which was surprisingly exactly right for us – most tapas restaurants totally overestimate the amount you need to order.
Honestly I would come here for cocktails alone - but the food is too good to pass up. Every drink I’ve tried, I’ve loved. My favorite was the Rose Sangria ($14 glass, $65 pitcher) which was light and super refreshing. We started our meal with Pan Con Tomate with Anchovies ($9), super salty and flavorful! Next, we ordered Tartar de Atun ($16-pictured), described as “tuna tartare with stuff that we all really like” which ended up being strawberries, avocado mousse and jicama. Super interesting combination that I’ve never had with tuna tartare before, but I loved and actually recreated at home because of this dish.
Next, we had San Sebastian style mushrooms with farm egg ($16-pictured), which we adored! The waitress even brought us complimentary bread to dip in the bottom of the bowl. The Pato Con Miel Especiada ($14) was probably our heartiest dish and the highlight of the meal. They are described as smoked duck drumettes with za'atar honey glaze. Sticky, sweet and smokey. Lastly, we couldn’t not order Empanada De Pollo Y Patatas ($10-pictured), housemade chicken and potato empanada with salsa verde. Perfect to split, great addition to any meal.
85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Cuisine: Spanish Tapas