Forget spending a wad of your cash on going out to dinner. Every Tuesday in July, straight from their menus, we’ll show you how to make your own takeout, as tasty as any restaurant.
Located at the entrance to the new boutique hotel TRYP on an unlikely stretch of West 35th Street past Port Authority, Gastro Bar at 35th attempts to redefine the concept of hotel restaurants (by dominating the entrance) and the American tapas experience. Gastro Bar offers up both classic Spanish dishes like Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp and garlic, $13) and innovative American riffs like the New York Tabla (pastrami, Reuben and hot dog minis, $13). In addition to bringing his own culinary experience, executive chef John Walsh spent about three months in Spain, training under Michelin-starred chef Ignacio Echapresto of Restaurant Venta Moncalvillo. Signature cocktails and a well-edited wine list of mostly Spanish selections, most available by the glass or bottle, round out the experience.
The Gastro Bar at 35th, a new tapas restaurant the TRYP boutique hotel (a Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property) launched its month-long celebration of the foods and wines of Rioja, Spain on April 19. The night before, a group of wine writers and experts were invited to a private pairing dinner featuring vintage wines and innovative tapas courses from the region.
Designers of the TRYP Hotel‘s first U.S. location took their inspiration from Spain, where the hotels originated, and it shows. Everything from the curved sofas inspired by Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona to the wine list at the Gastro Bar recalls the allure of Spanish culture. I immediately felt the Spanish influence walking in, as if the designers had dreamed up an amalgam of the best that Spain has to offer and dropped it down in midtown.
The Gastro Bar at 35th: Strut into the lobby bar at the Tryp Hotel and shimmy your way into a seat at a communal table to make boozy buds with go-getters and travelers alike. Not into socializing? Opt for a private table or a seat at the bar instead and sip from one of their many specialty libations. Perfect for the indecisive eater, this tapas menu allows you to pick multiple small dishes to sample, and while it’s hard to choose wrong, don’t pass up on the manchego cheese croquetas dipped in honey ($8) or the brussel sprouts with crispy pork belly and mojo criollo ($7). One thing’s for sure—this hot spot is the perfect pre-game for a night on the town.