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Restaurants, Spanish Meatpacking District
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
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Photograph: Filip WolakPaella at Toro
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Photograph: Filip WolakMackerel tartare at Toro
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Photograph: Filip WolakTripe-and-blood-sausage stew at Toro
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Photograph: Filip WolakPork terrine at Toro
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Photograph: Filip WolakPulpo at Toro
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Time Out says

This Meatpacking District tapas joint comes from Boston, where chef-owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s restaurant of the same name is widely beloved. The menu features both traditional dishes and modern interpretations. You’ll find both the simple pan con tomate, or bread with Spanish olive oil, tomato, garlic and sea salt ($8), and the popular tortilla espanola, an egg, potato and onion omelet ($7), on the list of pinchos. Jamon iberico is also a given ($30), but some of the other options might surprise you. Try the smoked duck drumsticks glazed in za’atar honey ($14), the bone marrow with radish-citrus salad and beef cheek marmalade ($16) or the blowfish tails with Moroccan spices ($13) to understand the restaurant’s modern interpretation of tapas. A larger or hungrier crowd might want to order some paella with shrimp, mussels, clams, chorizo and chicken ($76 for a full order, $38 for a half). Don’t forget the drinks: The wine program focuses on Spanish varietals like tempranillo and garnacha, while the cocktail menu features riffs on the gin and tonic, a perennial favorite in Barcelona and Madrid.

By: Time Out New York editors



Address: 85 Tenth Ave
Cross street: at 15th St
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Average dish: $15. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 5:30pm–11pm, Thu–Sat 5:30pm–midnight
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.7 / 5

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Of course being in Meatpacking Toro is a big bull with a smaller bite, but that being said.. for all the flash: the cavernous space, the ivy wall, the bulls head on the wall, the big industrial look-at-me I'm in Meatpacking feel... it still does deliver. The menu selection is fairly adventurous but still tame enough to suit the taste of the most tame of diners.

The service here was great, everyone was super friendly and they insisted upon sending a sommelier to the table to assist with our wine selection, which was a really nice touch. The food came out quickly and was very well-paced for a tapas bar. I thought the portion sizing was very nice and in-line with pricing; richer dishes were served a bit sparingly, but my waistline was grateful for that.Overall a really nice dining experience. I would definitely go back.


Toro is a great Tapas place along the West Side Highway, tucked away on a building you would never guess was home to such a beautiful and unique restaurant. I would give this place 3 stars, but because I loved the ambiance of the restaurant so much I have to give it 4. You have to go to Toro expecting to drop a lot of money on tapas that aren't the best... you could get tapas for cheaper at other locations. If you aren't starving and just want to try some tapas along with your sangria, this place is perfect. Not so great for my family and me when we went really hungry and tried more than half the menu!


Cool location, huge bar but what a let down. In typical meatpacking fashion, you have this awesome looking menu that just doesn't really deliver. For small plates, this was extremely small. We ended up ordering 2 of each of maybe 10 different plates..... for four people. And we all left hungry. The service was bizarre, they tried to bring it out in courses but everything came in two main courses with I think 30+ min in between? My boyfriend's mom also brought in cupcakes for his birthday (and called ahead to make sure it was cool to do that) and HALF of the cupcakes were smashed and when the server brought out the unharmed half she didn't even acknowledge that half were missing....