Restaurants, Spanish Lower East Side
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Larry Baldwin (Casa Mono, Centro Vinoteca) dishes Catalan-inspired bites at this Lower East Side tapas joint. Share plates of patatas bravas, roasted chicken croquetas and merguez-spiced lamb. The spot highlights the region's liquid leanings, with 20 varieties of gin and tonics infused with flavors like fennel, lavender and Thai chili pepper.


Venue name: Cata
Address: 245 Bowery
New York
Cross street: at Stanton St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5:30–11pm; Fri, Sat 5:30pm–midnight; Sun 5:30–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z to Bowery
Price: Average small plate: $13. Disc, MC, V
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Time to go here is right around 7:30 on a Saturday night. Definitely try making a reservation online via Open Table in advance, this place is popular. Fills up by 8PM. Super fun, cozy romantic place for a date night. Too bad the razor clams were out. Was definitely looking forward to that. But was made happy by the brussel sprouts - seriously, SO good. I've had my fair share of brussel sprouts before, but this dish was particularly a delight. Order a couple tapas to start, indulge in some margaritas, and order more as you go. Would recommend to anyone for friends night out, big groups, and especially a date night.