Nowhere is New York City’s diversity more visible than in its dining scene. When it comes to delicious ethnic restaurants, these places are the real deal, staffed by expatriates looking to share their culture.
Donostia is where the Spaniards dine, specializing in authentic pintxos, the Basque version of tapas, with an emphasis on imported Spanish seafood conservas. The tortillas del dia are a delicious mini toasted sandwich bursting with fresh cheeses, meats or spreads. Definitely try the mussels in escabeche sauce. The bar offers an unbelievable array of vermouth and sherries. If you haven't tried either, the bartenders can help you find a new favorite and open up a whole new world of beverages. 155 Ave. B
Homesick Swedes, look no further. Many of the dishes have nostalgic appeal, such as Swedish meatballs, cured gravlaks and classic smorgasbord. The restaurants are committed to using local, sustainable and all-natural ingredients from their own 150-acre farm in the Catskills. Try the herring, the Swedish meatball platter or the Smorgas burger. Don't forget dessert: End your meal with the Swedish princess cake, full of vanilla cream and raspberry preserve. 53 Stone St., 58 Park Ave.
If you need your Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse) fill, try the $59.99 feast. The salad bar includes 50 items, including housemade Brazilian cheese bread. You will be swarmed by a troop of carvers generously serving various cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage. They offer drink specials at the bar during the week from 5-7 p.m. Make sure you go hungry! 1011 Third Ave.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of “365 Guide New York City,” a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11 and Good Day New York and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.