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BREAD BASKET
Date night last week came courtesy of a Thrillist deal I found a few weeks ago. I don't know what it is about restaurants with simple names (hello, Fig + Olive), but I always gravitate toward them.

The entrance to Bread and Tulips is just a hostess stand plus a downstairs stairway. I wasn't sure what to expect when we descended, but the seating area was warm and inviting with lots of wood and exposed red bricks. Soul jams pumped throughout the restaurant, and I loved the planter full of baby chili pepper plants.

 
 
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MY SETUP
For a cozy, authentic Spanish meal in New York, look no further than El Porrón Tapas Bar and Restaurant. Walking from the subway down 61st Street to 1123 First Avenue is a little sketchy, but once you reach the doors of El Porrón you'll be welcomed in like family.

Owner and chef "Mr. G,"
as he's fondly called by regulars, works in the kitchen twice a week prepping all of the components for each dish. On the other five days, he works the floor doting over customers like a proud Papa. Originally opening his first restaurant in Queens more than eight years ago, Mr. G fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning an eatery in Manhattan.

This isn't just any eatery, however. Mr. G's son Diego is the restaurant's resident sommelier, and each dish is crafted with authentic Spanish presentation and seasonings.
 

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