Address: 136 9th Ave. (18th & 19th St.)
Review: Salinas seems like a launch pad for a night out in meatpacking – lots of large groups of girls in tight dresses getting the party started for the night. Which was unfortunate because Salinas has the potential to be a really great, romantic and intimate date spot, but I wouldn’t totally rule it out since we did go at 10pm on a Friday night. They have really good specialty cocktails, awesome tapas (must try the quail wrapped with bacon) and a DELICIOUS suckling pig entree that we split. Try going earlier in the night or on a weeknight so you don’t catch the pre-club crowd and Salinas is sure to be a great date spot for some awesome Spanish/Mediterranean food.
Address: 161 Lexington Ave. (30th & 31st St.)
Review: Lallisse is a Mediterranean take on brunch, but not in a good way. We came here because the line at Penelope (across the street) was too long. The nice cozy rustic decor seemed really promising until the food came. The menu is very limited and overpriced and the service was super slow. The eggs benedict and the Mediterranean omelette were bland and tasteless, and a little on the cold side. Even the strawberry mimosa was subpar, I guess they were going for a “fresh fruit” thing but it was really just mashed up strawberries floating in champagne. You’re WAY better off waiting it out at Penelope or just going elsewhere.