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Best Spanish New York 2012 - El Mio Cid

El Mio Cid

El Mio Cid

50 Starr St.

Brooklyn, NY 11237

718-628-8300

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Like a bolt out of the blue, El Mio Cid (named after an epic poem about the vanquishing of the Moors) appeared last year in Bushwick, just south of Maria Hernandez Park. Although it's a full-menu Spanish restaurant, the place pays special attention to tapas and a host of other short dishes on the menu, including a trio of perfectly grilled sardines, a chorizo in sauce, and pulpo stewed Galician-style. Unexpectedly, there are great salads on the menu, too, the best of which highlights shaved fennel and oranges—very Castilian. The decor is romantic and appropriate to the literary theme, featuring bulls and flamenco dancers. 50 Starr Street, Brooklyn, 718-628-8300, elmiocidrestaurant.com (11221)

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