España on Bank Street
Zaragoza offers an extensive menu of tapas and has a beautifully designed tapas-and-craft-cocktail bar
If you like Spanish cuisine, make your way to Zaragoza asap. Artie Praino has created a tapas-and-craft-cocktail bar in the former Salsa space. A sleek, modern bar, tables, and a comfortable tapas bar in the center make this one of the best designed restaurants around. And Chef Rupert Cardenas has created an extensive menu of delicious food.
Named for the picturesque city in northeastern Spain, Zaragoza offers an extensive menu of both modern and traditional tapas including meat, fish, and vegetarian options. While sipping one of the house’s custom cocktails, enjoy guacamole with plantain chips. The Burrata—fresh basil, arugula, asparagus, prosciutto, and roasted tomato served on crostini—is not to be missed.
Try the braised, seared octopus over white bean and fennel salad; sautéed spicy shrimp. There is also Albondigas—veal, chorizo, and pork meatballs in tomato sauce. Don’t leave without trying at least one dessert: the Oreo bread pudding is large enough for two. Cinnamon empanadas run a close second.
Plans are in the works for an outdoor patio. The noise level (on a Friday night) was high, but the excellent food, service, and camaraderie of guests at the tapas bar were great.
31 Bank St.
New Milford, CT
$$ Moderate to Expensive