La Bota, the West Village’s subterranean Spanish enclave, offers authentic tapas in a festive atmosphere.La Bota, the West Village’s subterranean Spanish enclave, is named for cowhide canteens that Spanish farmers fill with wine and sip while working in the fields. Your laborious day can include La Bota as well, but this version plays out in a more luxurious manner, complete with an authentic tapas meal. Send a subliminal message to your partner by sharing the Datiles con Panceta, plump dates scantily clad in moist bacon. Emphatically shout "Remolacha!" to your waiter and watch as the orange candlelit interior magically morphs on your table into a cluster of shiny red and gold beets plated with cheese and orange slices. Various versions of paella can be conjured by the kitchen as well as two churros for dessert that are bigger, fluffier, and chocolatier than anything you’ve ever consumed from a cart. La Bota’s backyard is heated, so the food and wine will flow from the front (of-house) to the back without fail during fall. Strap on your boots and run to La Bota. It’s the shortest route to Spain.
Datiles con Panceta, $8
Pulpo a la Gallega (octopus with pimento and sea salt), $16
Paella la Bota (house paella), $25
Churros (with chocolate and dulce de leche dip), $10
Sunday - Thursday, 12 pm - 11 pm
Friday - Saturday, 12 pm - 2 am