Recently, I purchased a Groupon to dine at Euzkadi, a Basque restaurant in the East Village on E. 4th Street. The red, green and white Euzkadi (the name for Basque country) flags fly over the bar at this comfortably rustic spot. The menu has Spanish-style tapas along with entrees. We decided we’d pick on a few small plates. First, the Bomba de Queso de Cabra, goat cheese and honey croquettes:
These were lightly-breaded bites of heaven. I’m not usually a fan of goat cheese, but this one was creamy and delicious and blended so well with the honey. I wanted a double serving. We also tried the Albondigas de Pato, Roasted duck meatballs in a sofrito duck demi-glace sauce:
The duck meatballs were excellent, very flavorful. Again, I wanted my own serving. We also got Tabla de Quesos: An assortment of Spanish cheeses served w/fruit and marcona almonds. I forgot to take a picture, but the cheeses included manchego and mahon as well as a few others whose names I can ‘t remember. Our final dish was Piquillo con Tartara de Atun, Piquillo peppers stuffed with spicy tuna tartar:
These were delicious as well, and again, I don’t usually like peppers but gobbled up every bit of this dish.
After this meal, I want to book a trip to Bilbao or San Sebastian and see what culinary delights Basque country has to offer.