NYC Restaurant Week has come and gone again. And, I’m not one to let great deals on food pass me by, so my friends and I decided to check out Barraca on the last night of Restaurant Week.
Barraca is known for its tapas and paella – both of which I was really excited about (also, sangria). They were offering the standard restaurant week setup, with one appetizer, entree and dessert per person for $38. Bring on the food.
We had made an 8:45pm reservation, but there was a line out the door when we got to the restaurant. We weren’t seated until 9:30pm which was definitely not ideal, though the hostess was apologetic which I appreciated. We sat down and ordered a carafe of the Manzanilla & Vodka cocktail – it was essentially straight up alcohol. We were told it served 4 drinks, but we barely got 3 full glasses. Definitely not worth the price for the carafe because the cocktails ended up being even more expensive ($14) than ordering individually ($12).
For the restaurant week appetizers, they were offering a wide range of tapas from their regular menu – Maria and I opted for the Bombas which are essentially mashed potatoes stuffed with ground beef, then deep fried. It was served with a nicely balanced spicy aioli. Kate went with the ham croquettes – this is where the night began to take a turn for even worse.
Our Bombas were brought out in a relatively timely fashion – standard wait for an appetizer. Several minutes passed, and still no croquettes. We asked a waiter, who looked very confused and ventured off to investigate. 5, 10 minutes pass, and still no waiter. Eventually, the croquettes came out, but this put a bit of a sour taste in my mouth (metaphorically) – there wasn’t much of an apology from any of the wait staff, which would have went a long way towards restoring some good will.
The appetizers were standard – nothing to rave about. Then, out came the paella. Maria went for the traditional seafood option with a bright yellow saffron flavor and shellfish. Kate and I both got the duck and wild mushroom alternative, which was earthy and flavorful. The paella was good, but nothing was crazy-original about it. Standard and average, though served in very large portions.
I was so stuffed full, and thanks to the cocktails, a little tipsy so didn’t touch much of my dessert. It was presented nicely, and was a thick, rich chocolate mousse. Good, but a little too chocolatey for my taste.
Overall, the food here was fine – relatively enjoyable meal with good company. The service, however, left a lot to be desired and would have me thinking twice before returning.