174 First Avenue (bet. 10th & 11th Sts.) NYC NY 10009 212.614.0620 - Xunta is a little hole in the wall place. Actually it looks more like one of the dive bars that neighbors it. But if that doesn't put you off, get yourself down for soem tapas that actually tastes like tapas (rare in NYC). The menu is from Galicia, wine is pretty good and on Thursday nights they do a little Flamenco. Recommended when you're just in it for the grub.
La Nacional: Traveling to Spain on the A/C/E
Take a step off the grime of the city streets into a truly authentic Spanish gem of a restaurant at La Nacional (239 9th Avenue).
Just one sip of the sangria (red or white - buenissima!) with a bite of the chorizo and a morsel of the tortilla espanol and you are transformed into a casual, relaxed and thoroughly satisfied Spaniard. The social club entrance, the paella, the ability to linger at your table till you heart's desire all make for a perfect break from the NYC vibe and leaves you thoroughly satiated and your senses flittering about like a flamenca dancer.