“Boqueria’s Ensalada Cogollos is a signature salad – crunchy romaine, hazelnuts, mint and Idiazabal cheese, topped with a delicious romesco vinaigrette, which lends not only hearty, bold flavor but also wonderful texture from the breadcrumbs in the romesco, a traditional Catalan sauce made by blending deeply roasted tomatoes, toasted bread, fried hazelnuts and parsley.
“This week, Boqueria announced a minority investment by longtime restaurant industry veteran Paul Fleming, who has created and helped grow such brands as P.F. Chang’s China Bistro — he’s the “P.F.” — Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and, more recently, Paul Martin’s American Grill and Tacos & Tequila Cantina.
“Tapas make for a perfect boozy brunch affair. Eat a little. Drink a little. Repeat. At Boqueria’s four (Flatiron, UES, Soho and Garment District) locations across the city, you can order from a brunch menu ($42), which includes favorites like pan con tomate and patatas bravas and even a decadent brunch paella topped with fried eggs.”
“I like grilling lamb in the springtime, as it’s a bit more unexpected,” says Chef Marc Vidal of Boqueria. At the restaurant, their pintxos morunos—grilled spiced lamb skewers—are very popular and with good reason: “I marinate boneless lamb top rounds for two days with toasted cumin, coriander, fennel, onion, pimenton, and lemon and serve them with pickled shallots and salsa verde,” he says.
“The Boqueria Burger ($20) is this vibrant Spanish tapas bar and restaurant’s take on a juicy burger, brand new to the lunch menu this spring. It’s made from dry-aged rib steak and brisket, topped with red wine onions, Valdeón cheese and served on a brioche bun coated with allioli, alongside piparras, french fries and mixed greens.”