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Boqueria, New York Tapas Chain in South Dupont and Penn Quarter

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I don't go enough to really judge where the overall quality is at the moment, but I can say that my lunch today, a serrano ham/manchego cheese sandwich served with a side of patatas bravas and a small salad for $9, is one of the better values in the Dupont area.

Especially when the Pepe food truck sells a serrano/manchego sandwich for $9 without any sides.

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Had lunch at Boqueria today - just a few tapas. The first two, the tortilla Española and the croquetas were just ok. Jaleo's croquetas, earlier in the week, were much better. The restaurant was redeemed though by the setas and the gambas al ajillo, both of which were quite good. I enjoyed the gambas more than those at Jaleo, as the ones at Jaleo, I felt were too sweet for my preference. These were more purely olive oil, garlic and pimentón. On the whole, I preferred Jaleo, but Boqueria was still quite good.

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Somewhere I learned that Boqueria did unlimited tapas/drinks for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, so we decided to try it out today.  It is $39 for all you can eat of a list of about 15-20 tapas (including a couple of sweets), and all you can drink of sangria (3 kinds), mimosas, or Estrella Dam beer.  I gotta say, I didn't have super high expectations, but I was VERY pleasantly surprised.  I loved the pan con tomate, the patatas bravas, and the padron peppers, and the eggs benedict (with serrano ham) and tortillas were actually pretty darn respectable.  We also had bacon (nicely cooked and smoky), lamb meatballs (very flavorful), beet salad, pancakes with fruit, and churros (the low point of the meal - tasty enough, but somehow way too crunchy and oily at the same time).  I stuck with mimosas, but the white and rose sandrias were fine, according to my companions.  Service was attentive, if not overly friendly.  Overall, for the price, I really enjoyed the meal and would definitely go back.  It's not on par with Estadio, but it's a solid option and seemed to be great for groups.  After looking at the a la carte menu, I can definitely see how Boqueria could be a bit too expensive for a non-AYCE meal. 

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We had dinner here about a week ago and enjoyed the seasonal ingredients...tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini, etc. Ate a lot of the daily specials and thought they were all quite good. The little upstairs dining room is much quieter than downstairs.

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Dinner here last night for my brother's birthday (he is milking it and we are doing another dinner again tonight).  We ordered a good portion of the winter menu.  We started with patatas bravas, a meat and a cheese tray and sparkling wine.  All were good, not anything new, but executed well.  And a nice portion for the price.  The plates came with a couple pan con tomat, olives, and the cheese tray came with other bread and fruit.

We then had spinach with raisins and pine nuts, which was quite good, the spinach wasn't overcooked and it had great flavor, the mushrooms were also really good cooked perfectly with nice umaminess to them.  We enjoyed the croquettas with beef, they were big croquettas, great taste, but a big portion we could have probably halved one between two people, or ordered a little less overall.  But they were really good.  We also got the salt cod, which even the skeptics at the table really liked.  The one downer of a dish was the one with the Stachowski sausage, chickpeas, fried egg.  There was so much starch that the dish overall lost texture and flavor and there was no acidic pop, which is a shame because I would bet those are great sausages.  I would have also switched to a poached egg so there was more yoke.  Lastly we had the lamb meatballs, which we couldn't eat all of, but they were excellent.  Good flavor, soft texture, nice tomato sauce with cucumber garnish, really a nice flavor profile.  All in all it was a really nice birthday meal for the bro.

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Ever go to a place thinking it would be your first time and only realizing upon entering that you'd been there before?

That happened to me here this week.  Maybe that's the literal definition of 'not memorable'?   :wacko:

A friend got a sandwich with jamon and not sure what else.  I didn't try it but did observe the bread-to-fillings ratio maybe a bit high.  He finished half, took the other half to go and seemed to enjoy it.

I ordered three tapas.

The tortilla was fine but nothing special.

The gambas were a nice rendition with a generous number of shrimp and well-seasoned oil/butter.

A lamb skewer tapa was odd. The lamb was chewy/gelatinous or...not sure.

Enjoyed a refreshing, non-alcoholic blood orange lemonade that wasn't too sweet.

I thought it fine overall.  But, reviewing this thread from years past, I think there's definite daylight between this and Estadio with the latter the winner.

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Had the Boozy Brunch at Boqueria in SOHO last weekend.  It was really great as 4 shared 4 tapas, Breakfast Paella and dessert.  The Paella alone would have filled me up for days and unlimited Blood Orange Sangria helped me get into the proper spirit to sleep on the train home.

 

Have to try the Brunch at the Dupont location soon.

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We ate at the Penn Quarter location Saturday night, March 23rd.  Still open only for dinner as they said they were working out all the kinks and getting up to speed.  Service was really good and the noise level was good, we were seated towards the front.  Very large and attractive space with tables that can accommodate large groups as well as small intimate boots and tables.

Wine was a bit over priced as I suspect they want to steer folks towards sangria.  Vino Alberdi which I have in my cellar and drink a lot of at 15/bottle was 62 I believe.

Food was really good.  We had lamb meatballs, several order of Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo, Mussels, eggplant spread, great half chicken and a few other dishes which we all good.

Since they felt they are still in soft opening, they brought 2 plats of desert to put us over the top.

Great dinner, will be back.

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Ate here again before the Caps game.  These folks are smart as they noticed I was there previously.  The Chicken was great in a crackish kind of way.  My wife mentioned they baste in lard, great flavor and crisp.  Garlic shrimp were good, portion size was great but shrimp were on small size.  Trying to keep my belly from growing we had two vegetable dishes.  The Shishito  peppers are on of my go to, and they were great.

Again-Good fun spot with decent food

They did mention they have started the brunch which includes breakfast paella.  Highly recommended.

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Brunch at Penn Quarter location before Caps game.  We  ordered ala carte and all enjoyed the food and service.  Will keep coming back as this is solid food at a good price point and some of the dishes are quite interesting.  The potatoes served with our dishes was like crack. Garlic aioli on top and a harissa like sauce at the bottom of the plate. 

Most interesting is that they have somehow coded me in their system as Mark from Annapolis who loves our chicken.  Who knew I can have brief fame or that Annapolis is in a galaxy far away.  Not quite VIP but that coding gets a rounds of free drink served to us.

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I was just there last weekend for a friend's birthday.  Bottomless Brunch.  All the brunch items were good, and they managed to have a few vegetables, so that was appreciated.  The potatoes are crack, especially when I have been limiting my carbs a bit.  It was a good place for a birthday in their private room.  But man the Penn Quarter location is loud when you are outside that room.  I must be getting old. I need to try this chicken obviously.

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We brunched there last Sunday as part of my birthday celebration.  My 2 sons, 26 and 29, normally don't do bottomless but really enjoyed eating and drinking for 2+ hours.  The 26 year old played college hockey and eats like a monster, even he filled up!

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Checked out the Boqueria Experience ($60 pp) at the Penn Quarter branch yesterday.  We had a plate of Jamon Iberico and manchego cheese to start.  That was followed by an eggplant yogurt salad (Escalivada).  We had croquets of ham and mushroom, shrimp ajillo, olives, stuff dates wrapped in bacon, crispy  sweet potato (Boniato Con Mojo Verde), and roast chicken (Pollo Rustido).  For dessert, chocolate filled churros.

I really enjoyed the eggplant, which was smoky and well balanced with the mint leaves and yogurt.  The crispy sweet potatoes were marvelous - crispy from frying, probably multiple times to get that crunchy exterior but soft interior.  The shrimps were perfectly tender.  The chicken was well seasoned.  

The food was well executed but nothing super exciting - especially serving half a roast chicken to round out the meal.  Maybe giving us a choice of entree at the end like Komi or just more tapas.

Next time we'll just order a la carte, so I can try their oxtail.

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