Seamus Mullen has opened up the perfect tapas joint in the West Village. Tertulia, which means a regular, informal social gathering, is the name of Chef Mullen's (previously of Boqueria) latest spot, and after my first trip there, I'm craving more. As their website states, the word "tertulia" is used to describe a gathering of friends marked by great conversation, food and drink. This is my ideal dining vibe, and Tertulia delivers. I dined alone a few weeks ago, which was fabulous, but try to bring friends, so you can share more of Chef Mullen's wonderful Spanish fare.

Start with the tosta matrimonio ($9), a toast with black and white anchovies, slow roasted tomato, sheep's milk cheese, and aged balsamic. Anchovies never tasted so good. The sweetness of the tomatoes balanced the saltiness of the anchovies. The sheep's milk cheese, soft and delicate. These were some perfect bites.


Another fantastic toast is the tosta huevo roto y jamon Iberico ($10), a toast with crushed egg, potato, and Iberico ham. Your Spanish take on bacon and eggs, executed deliciously. I loved this dish!


Arroz a la plancha ($16), Calasparra rice, snails, wild mushrooms, celery, fennel, and Iberîco ham, was a medley of awesomness. Slightly crunchy, flavorful, and tasty as can be.


So the next time you and your friends are looking to have a "tertulia", head to Tertulia, Spanish tapas heaven awaits.

359 6th Ave (and Washington Pl.)
New York, NY 10014