El Boqueron Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant Astoria

Posted on November 30, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Fine Dining, Spanish |

100_0605El Boqueron Tapas Bar and Restaurant (Astoria 31-01 34th Ave at 31st St 718-956-0107) The service is outstanding in this little corner restaurant offering traditional Spanish plates- but the food is less impressive.This place draws the diner in with christmas lights adorning a colorful awning and the word “tapas” plastered on it. Well-made traditional Spanish food is a rarity in Queens. El Boqueron’s festive appeal and ambience just screams “eat me!” to passersby. Peering into the large windows at the jovial diners stuffing their faces and downing sangria entices patrons to join in the fun. The attractive oak bar marries the small ceramic tiled table-tops into Spanish inspired decor. Sporting pricey entrees and two full pages of hot and cold tapas (most of them running around $9) , one would think the splurge is has got to be worth the hefty dent it will make in your wallet. I thought otherwise. Not to be mistaken- the food is genuinely tasty and the atmosphere inviting- though a circumstance of unremarkable food and drink combined with a remarkable tab leaves a second visit in question. The Codorniz Asada y Salsa de Frutas is a dish served with about 4 quails drenched in a sweet sauce with raisins and thinly sliced potato crisps- perfect for swapping up the left over sauce. The collision of the sweet and salty landscape provides ample satisfaction for the palate- though it falls short of amazing. The Setas del Huerto Rellenas is a plate of mushrooms stuffed with vegetables and bacon- a hearty warm tapa full of flavor. The deep fried chicken croquettes are the least impressive hot tapa.  All choices that make the mouth water when perusing the menu- but when the dishes arrive- they are simply a little better than average. With a buffet style table in the back- some of the tapas are ready-to-eat and served at a moments notice. The Sangria seems watered down (although seek extra alcohol and ye shall receive with a polite request to the server) and overpriced. The Paella Valencia is however- worth ordering. The oversized iron skillet is filled with delicate pieces of seasoned shrimp, scallops, white fish, calamari and sausage all in a bed of rice and rich tomato based sauce. You can split this large entree or take the rest home with you.  Late hours, daily specials and attentive staff are pluses.


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Delicious food and excellent service. I would definitely come back again, again and again. Unique flavor to each dish that melts in your mouth… uhmmm

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