A lot of places in Hudson Yards seem to focus more on production value than what you’ll actually be eating, but that’s not the case at Mar (inside Mercado Little Spain), which has better and less expensive food than most of the other spots in the development. The focus is on seafood, with raw bar options, tapas, and some share plates, like really good paella with toasted pasta and cuttlefish. Sit at the bar or in one of the booths along the wall, and if you particularly enjoy any of the fish here, buy some more of it to-go from the on-site fishmonger.
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TAK Room is on the fifth floor of the giant mall at Hudson Yards, and it’s a very expensive place to eat some pretty good American food.
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At Socarrat Nolita, the only way you are having a comfortable meal sitting at the massive communal table is if you have the body frame of Beaker from The Muppets. Bring a bigger group so you can sit at a real table and enjoy your delicious paella in peace.
Gato, Bobby Flay’s Mediterranean spot in Noho, isn’t quite as good as it was when it opened, but it’s still a useful option in certain situations.
Tia Pol is a Chelsea tapas spot that’s a great move for early-in-the-game dates. Have some sangria and some small plates.
Socarrat Paella Bar
No bigger than a subway car, Socarrat packs the majority of their patrons on bar stools around a communal table. The idea here is that they do paella the way it's done in Spain, as one big family. In such a small space, keeping the drool inside your mouth while you wait for your food is no easy task.
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