LA SIRENA TAPAS BAR
88 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
212-977-6096 • LaSirena-NYC.com
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Full bar
Ambiance: Modern upscale
La Sirena may be known as Mario Batali’s must-try Italian destination, located within the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, but those looking for something other than pasta can score big here, too.
Within La Sirena’s barroom and their immense patio, diners can enjoy smaller plates with Spanish flare courtesy of the Tapas Bar, headed by chef Anthony Sasso. Dishes like the Patatas Bravas—a classic Spanish staple—infuse island flavor that pairs wonderfully with their frozen cocktail Bedtime for Bonzo. (It got its name for a reason!)
Each dish here is better than the last, with fresh, buttery scallops to make you salivate, crispy pork belly that you’ll down in seconds, and plentiful amounts of paella that will make you want to book a flight to Spain. We knew Batali could run circles around most chefs with his Italian ingenuity, but taking on tapas using Italian influences combines the best of his work, merging what diners love about Babbo and Casa Mono into a newer, trendier destination.
BELLA’s “A” List
PATATAS BRAVAS: Miso mayo, sea urchin, chipotle estrattu, sun-dried tomato salt, lime
SEA SCALLOPS: White asparagus, rhubarb, white cranberry espuma
PIG & FIG: Crispy pork belly, fig, smoked yogurt, Sirena granola, bacon mostaza
MAR Y MONTAÑA: Land and sea paella with gamba, razor clams, S.A.S.S.O. chicken, pork belly, ramps, burnt salsa verde
BEDTIME FOR BONZO: Malibu, Perry’s Tot Gin, Banana, Grand Marnier
3D CREMA CATALANA: Jámon caramel, candied jámon Ibérico, hibiscus coulis