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For a romantic dining spot in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood…try Salinas….

Posted: November 8, 2011
by: Mark Stine

Business took me to Secaucus, New Jersey for the better part of a week…so I managed an escape from New Jersey one evening....caught a local bus into the Port Authority and  navigated my way down to the London Terrace apartment and coop complex to meet my dinner date Kim. London Terrace, located between Ninth and Tenth Avenues and 23rd and 24th Streets was completed in 1931 and at the time was the largest building complex in the world…that of course did not last long.

 London Terrace

London Terrace. ..formerly the world’s largest building complex

A plus for many of the apartments is views of the High Line elevated park. This project capitalized on elevated railroad tracks…left derelict for decades and now through a motivated citizenry …renovated into an elevated walkway-park through the lower end of Manhattan. It really is a wonderful perspective when walking through this part of town. Make sure to go as every season on the High Line is revealing.


A walk on the high Line

The High Line: The High Line is located on Manhattan's West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, 2009, runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. Section 2, between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.


Innovative hotel built over the high Line

For park information, please call the High Line Information Line: 212-500-6035


Kim and I headed out from the London Terrace on that chilly October night and walked down to our destination - . Salinas, located at 136 Ninth Avenue, between 18/19th, through some light misty showers.


Sophisticated and warming...the bar area up front gave way to a long hallway to the main dining area in the back of the restaurant.

 Hallway Salinas

The best is yet to come…

Seated near the fireplace…the rain pattered gently on the glass retractable roof….which in summer provides alfresco dining. I was glad for the fireplace that evening as the flickering flames… added extra warmth.

 Outdoor open air

Outdoor dining in fair weather

Because the influence of the restaurant is Spanish…I tried the Sangria…to pair with my Pollo Otonal…grilled local chicken  with de la ganja beans, green onions, Serrano ham, red Swiss chard and baby carrots, garlic and a preserved lemon emulsion. It was a savory delight.

Kim tried the Pimentos del Padron for an appetizer-fried shishito peppers & sea salt – but be forewarned, some of the peppers are very mellow and others carry quite the hot punch!

But the highlight of the evening for both Kim and I was the Crema de vino caramalizada made with Rioja red wine crème brulee, toasted nuts and vanilla cookies. We shared…I suggest getting one each!! It was that good. The red wine base made for a less sweet and more sophisticated taste profile.


Kim …

Kim and I caught up career and travel plans after dinner...the fireplace an added reason to avoid venturing back out into the misty night, but as we prepared to leave we were met at the front door by Chef Luis Bollo. He was genuinely interested in our dining experience and wanted feedback on our experience that evening.



A little background on “your Chef”

Luis is a native of San Sebastián (Basque Country), Spain and is an acclaimed chef by numerous national culinary magazines and newspapers. After honing his culinary skills at  prestigious restaurants with Michelin 1, 2 and 3 stars in Europe, he moved to New York City to open a contemporary Spanish restaurant, where he received many accolades by food critics for his innovative cuisine. Highly acclaimed for brining new Spanish cooking to the US he was recognized by Gourmet magazine, the New York Times USA Today, New York Post, New York Observer, Food and Wine and New York Magazine.


If you find yourself in NYC and want a romantic dinner under glass with a warming fireplace than I suggest  Salinas. ..restaurante de tapas.


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