Salinas Restaurant Basque-MED-Balearic influence

Salinas Restaurant BASQUE influence | Chelsea, New York | Recently inaugurated, Salinas is a new option in Manhattan for those like me that love the food and wine from the Basque country, this time by the expert signature of Chef Luis Bollo. Located in the up and for almost a year coming, 9th. Avenue area, between 18th and 19th Streets. Dine alfresco, tasting tapas and main courses with Basque and Mediterranean influences. (photo above: one of my favorites, since I used to live in Palma de Mallorca, Pimientos del Padron or Fried Shishito peppers and sea salt).When I first walk in, my  comment was WOW this is really cute and intimate. A nice bar and cocktail tables with comfortable blue stools, the perfect spot to enjoy a Sangria and a round of tapas. But that was only the beginning. Since the back room holds a beautiful alfresco dinning room. (photos below: Sangria and alfresco dinning room).
The menu by Luis Bollo, is basically basque with Mediterranean and Balearic influences. From the traditional Pa Amb Oli (USD 7) to the Cole & Coliflor (USD 9), which were rather spicy for my taste, but went really good with the white wines for the region that we were tasting. See the full Dinner MENU
We also tried a few other specials before our main courses, such as the Assortment of artesanal Spanish cheeses with quince paste, grapes and bread (USD 18). My main course choice was the Pollo Campero (USD 25) Griller local Chicken, de la granja beans, artichokes, seasonal greens and preserved lemon emulsion (which I must say was fantastic). We all shared a classic, the Patatas Bravas (USD 7). Other main courses ordered to the table, which of course being the foodie I am, I had to try… were the Menestra (USD 19) Sesonal vegetables, organic hard boiled egg, wheat berries, guindilla pepper and garlic refrito, and the Lunina Balear (USD 26) Salt crusted stripped bas, potato confit, spinach, golden raisins, asparagus, toasted pine nuts and smoked paprika.
Dessert was a must and we went for the safe and traditional, yet tasty choices of: Torrija Caramelizada (USD 8 ) Caramelized Spanish French toast brandy and double expresso gelato, and Membrillo con Arroz con Leche (USD 9) Quince paste, passion fruit semifredo and creamy rice pudding. My pendings for a future visit are: the Paella Negra and the Ceviche Canario. Price wise I would say is above regular budget, but the food and overall experience makes it worth it, just try to choose wisely and we aware of the fantastic wine selection which will make a huge difference at the end of paying the check. CM

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