Best Tapas Restaurants in the U.S.

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Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Gather your friends for small plates and sangria at one of these bustling tapas restaurants.

Estadio, Washington, D.C.

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Estadio’s brussels sprouts are so perfectly crispy—accented with caramelized onions, pine nuts, and currants—that they outsell the hangar steak. The restaurant goes through more than 3,200 pounds of sprouts (the weight of a Toyota Camry) during the five months the dish is on the menu. And it’s just one of the delectable surprises dished out by chef Haidar Karoum. Consider the tortilla Española with sweet hot peppers, open-faced foie gras sandwiches, and garlicky shrimp with herbs and chiles. Estadio doesn’t take reservations, so arrive early or plan to cozy up at the bar for at least an hour on weekend nights. A Spanish sherry or gin with house-made orange-thyme tonic can console you while you wait.

Best Tapas Restaurants in the U.S.

Estadio, Washington, D.C.

Estadio’s brussels sprouts are so perfectly crispy—accented with caramelized onions, pine nuts, and currants—that they outsell the hangar steak. The restaurant goes through more than 3,200 pounds of sprouts (the weight of a Toyota Camry) during the five months the dish is on the menu. And it’s just one of the delectable surprises dished out by chef Haidar Karoum. Consider the tortilla Española with sweet hot peppers, open-faced foie gras sandwiches, and garlicky shrimp with herbs and chiles. Estadio doesn’t take reservations, so arrive early or plan to cozy up at the bar for at least an hour on weekend nights. A Spanish sherry or gin with house-made orange-thyme tonic can console you while you wait.

Stacy Zarin Goldberg
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