Last night was the first meeting of my dinner club. Greenwich Avenue was quiet and almost desolate on the cold midweek night. In contrast, the crowd through the windows of Barraca appeared lively and warm in the soft glow of dim lights and glasses of sangria.
A fan of Chef Jesus Nunez and his cooking at Gastroarte, I had to head downtown to try his new venture, Barraca. The specialty here is paella, and there are many to choose from. There are also tapas and entrees.
Our group decided to get tapas. Here they are, in no particular order:
In addition to these, we also got bread with tomato, olive oil and salt and flatbread with oven-roasted vegetables and black olives. Some of these dishes were personal orders, so we all didn’t try everything that’s pictured. My favorite dishes were the brussels sprouts–roasted to perfection, the crispy potatoes and the fondue. The fondue added a sweetness to the savory dishes on the table. Cuttlefish was new to most of us and we thought it a bit chewy. Pork belly seemed to be a hit for the evening along with the omelette and breads.
The first dinner club meeting was a success. If you’d like to attend a future event (one is planned for this Saturday), please let me know.