Some restaurants are so place-specific, they can only exist in New York. They have a unique New York style that would never play in Dubuque. It doesn't matter what kind of food they serve, they are New York restaurants above and beyond their ethnic origin.
What makes them New York only? For some its architecture, for others a neighborhood history. It can be a signature group of regular patrons, or an owner that serves up the food with a peppery personality. Here are just a few uniquely New York spots.
Cafe` Español is an authentic Spanish restaurant, but that's beside the point. More realistically, it's a genuine Village restaurant. Nestled on Carmine St. off Seventh Avenue South, you can be assured you're not in Kansas anymore.
Soaking up the Village atmosphere is just the beginning. The Spanish and Mexican cuisine is to be savored and remembered, too. This is lobster season, so don't forget to take advantage of such specials as big-boy single lobsters or the smaller twin lobster platters.
Begin with such appetizers as Mussels Vinaigrette ($5.25), Galician Octopus ($6.25), soul-warming Black Bean Soup ($3.25) or the Cafe` Español salad of green peppers, onion, lettuce, tomato, asparagus, olives and Spanish sausage ($5.25).
Seafood is one of the notable elements of Spanish cuisine. Try the Paella Valenciana with chicken, sausages and seafood ($13.95), Mixed Seafood in Green Sauce ($16.50) and the House Special Shrimp ($13.25). If you prefer meat and poultry, there is veal Extremena with onions, peppers, and sausage ($13.95) Chicken in Garlic Sauce ($11.50) or Chicken Riojana sautéed with Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes and Wine ($11.50).
For dessert, sample cheesecake ($3.95), flan ($2.50) and ice cream ($3.00).
Cafe` Español. 78 Carmine St. (near 7th Ave. South) in Manhattan call (212) 675 3312.
DAILY NEWS Friday, March 1, 1996
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