Sunday, August 9, 2009

tapas TAPAS tapas ... first at Casaville

Photos from my Canon SD880 IS

Who doesn't love TAPAS?

If you don't have the time to travel to Spain, but want a good taste of the food, I welcome you to try Casaville in Murray Hill (2nd avenue between 34th and 33rd street). Though its a French-Moroccan restaurant, a friend and I decided to try the tapas here... We shared the Mixed Tapa plate, which had a good assortment of the typical spanish tapa dishes you'd normally order (tortilla espanola, grilled calamari, olives, etc) and a side order of seafood paella. This along with a small pitcher of sangria was more than enough to satisfy two people.

The food was better than what I would have expected from a local eatery in a residential area; however, the prices were similar to many other tapas restaurants ($7-$10 per plate) that I've tried, which was surprising since the decor was average and service mediocre. Though it sounds like its a negative review of the place, its not. I think Casaville has something desirable, especially for a neighborhood locale. The menu has a variety of items to cater to the French, Moroccan and Spanish flavors you may be craving.

Though I enjoyed the food, I still rank Casa Mono, Boqueria and Mercat as my favorite tapa joints in the city. However, if you need that quick fix and are in the Murray Hill area -- Casaville is a good enough place to satisfy your appetite.

1 comment:

Jun said...

Flor de Sol (in TriBeCa) and Bar Jamon (sister bar to Casa Mono) are also very good!

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