I had a great meal at Tapeo, a small Spanish restaurant started by the opening chef at Tapas 24, David Rueda. When I first walked in, I didn’t catch the resemblance, but could definitely feel the same bright modern vibe. Speaking to the chef, he had a bit of a giggle reporting to me how the white counters happen to look just like Tapas 24!
Next we had the fried artichoke (which you can find at just about any other tapas restaurant). Apparently artichoke is fairly common on West Coast menus, but you hardly see fresh artichoke on the menu in New York so of course I ate it up.
Then came the sliced stuffed squid (the only vegetables I had the entire trip, haha). It was exactly as you’d expect from a Spanish restaurant: pure simple fresh flavor.
Next we had the beef and mushrooms. It was a slow cooked stew-like meat with a thick sauce. Delicious.
Finally on the savory side we had the foie gras with truffle, mushrooms, and eggs. Wow! It was an amazing finish with all your favorite flavors in one. We almost didn’t order it but David insisted we try his specialty.