For folks who haven’t made the trip out to the heart of Bushwick, this neighborhood café has tapas worth the trek. The food and drink have been consistently lauded as some of the best traditional Spanish eats in the city.For folks who haven’t made the trip out to the heart of Bushwick, this neighborhood café has tapas worth the trek. The food and drink have been consistently lauded as some of the best traditional Spanish eats in the city, including a highly esteemed 2013 Michelin Recommendation. And with a bite of peppery chorizo and a sip of sangria, it’s easy to see why. El Mio Cid takes its name from a classic Spanish poem about Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, or El Cid. The tale follows the exiled hero as he fights to regain his honor and reunify his country against the Moors. This tale of nobility transfers well onto the plates of the eponymous restaurant.
The menu boasts a solid collection of Frias y Calientes, or hot and cold tapas. Frias fans will enjoy the pairing of Jamon Serrano y Queso Manchego, a satisfyingly salty spread of the classic Spanish cured ham alongside aged goat cheese. As for the Calientes – consider us torn between our love of Pulpo Al Mio Cid, Gambas al Ajillo and Chorizo El Mio Cid. When choosing from sautéed octopus, garlic-laden shrimp and Spanish sausage steeped in red wine, a decision can be hard to make. We’ll just call it a draw and order more tapas to go with a second round of sangria.
Jamon Serrano y Queso Manchego, $9.50
Gambas al Ajillo (fresh tiger shrimp in garlic sauce), $8.50
Setas Rellenas, $8.50
Pulpo al Mio Cid, $9.50
Paella Valenciana, $16
Assorted House Sangrias, $6/glass, $17/pitcher
Sunday - Thursday, noon to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, noon to midnight