An Irish guy from Vermont, Seamus Mullen, runs this place, yet in atmosphere and food Tertulia is the quintessential Iberian taberna. The food is cooked (mostly) in a roaring, wood-fired oven (copied from one Mullen saw in a small Basque town, near Bilbao); try to get a seat near the stove, as it’s mesmerizing to watch the chefs work it, creating food that’s perfectly charred and just a touch smoky. I highly recommend the tasting menu, but if you don’t want to shell out for that, build a meal around tapas (the tosta matrimonio, which “marries” black and white anchovies with sheep’s mild cheese, is a knockout) and the chef’s crunchy yet succulent chicken paella.
New York City
New York City› Restaurant
359 6th Ave (at Washington St.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Greenwich Village Hours Sun–Thurs 5:30–11pm, Fri 5:30pm–midnight, Sat 11:30am–3:30pm, 5:30pm–midnight, Sun 5:30–11pm Transportation Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4th Phone 646/559-9909 Prices Tapas $6–$12; raciones (larger dishes) $12–$19; paella $42 Cuisine Type Spanish/Tapas Web site Tertulia