Need a dining idea in New York City? Try The Gastro Bar by the Javits Center in the Tryp Hotel. The family-friendly restaurant has a great menu, including tapas and drinks.
I have spent a lot of time in New York City and consider myself a New York kind of girl. But, when it comes to dining, I get stuck in the neighborhoods and restaurants I know and love, so I need a push sometimes to venture into new territory. That’s just what I got when a friend and fellow foodie made the recommendation to try The Gastro Bar.
On my last visit to the city, I stayed at The Paul Hotel and it was suggested that I try one of their restaurants, The Gastro Bar. When she also said they had a tapas menu, I was sold! My family loves tapas.
For those who don’t know, tapas is a variety of small plates and appetizers in the Spanish cuisine. Why do we love them? Well, we don’t need to make a lot of decisions. We can try a wide variety of items on the menu and for a family, that’s perfect. So, I ventured over to The Gastro Bar, by myself mind you, and was amazed by what I found.
The Gastro Bar is located on 35th St. between 8th and 9th. It’s in the TRYP Hotel, just across from the Javits Center in the Garment District. If you don’t know, the Javits Center is a huge conference center in New York City that hosts everything from the car and boat shows to fashion marts. The Gastro Bar is one of those places off the main drag and a little hidden, tucked into the hotel. Which means it is perfect for me; small, not too loud and crazy, and feels very comfortable.
The setting is so hip and modern, but with a touch of industrial and homeyness. There is a nice couch seating area, community table, bar, and traditional dining area, which also includes a loft. I would totally book the loft for a family gathering or party. With the high ceiling, super cool lighting, and mix of materials, the space is so much fun and relaxing to be in.
Food & Drink
The Gastro Bar serves breakfast, lunch, tapas, and a full dinner menu. I enjoyed a roasted beet salad served with goat cheese, almonds, and frisee lettuce with a mustard dressing. The beets were golden and served as large chunks. The salad was fresh and not over dressed, just the way I like it! I also had the Vegetariano Flatbread from the Tapas menu. It, too, was perfect and I am not kidding. It had roasted peppers, mushrooms, and pepper jack cheese. The crust was crispy and the seasoning light enough to let the peppers and mushroom flavors shine.
I like it when the chefs let the real food flavors in the dish come through and don’t try to over sauce; that is just what both of these dishes did. I stuck to the Tapas menu as it was awarded one of NYC’s best 8 Tapas Restaurants by CBS NYC and I always prefer to enjoy a variety of dishes.
I can’t do an honest review without saying the drinks are wonderful, too. They are known for their Sangria, but honestly, the evening I was there, I sat at the bar and made friends with the wonderful bartender, Roman. He let me sample tastes of his specialty drinks and they were wonderful.
I found the prices to be some of the best in New York City. Tapas ranged from $5.25 to $17 and all dishes are easily shared. My salad and flatbread could have easily been a light dinner for 2 with a nice glass of Sangria. If you were to stop in for a sandwich, all are between $10-$15 and for $4, can be paired with glass of wine to beer. For a family, it could be quite reasonably priced with all the sharing going on!
The Gastro Bar is very family-friendly. The bar is in the front and the dining room and loft area are in the back, keeping them both much quiter and cozier. There are large booths, perfect for a family. The menu is totally doable even for the pickiest of eaters. But, remember it’s always good to take 3 bites of something new to try it!
So, get off the main drag by a block and enjoy the specialities at The Gastro Bar. I highly recommend the restaurant for families, solo diners, dates, and groups. It really is the right setting for everyone! Enjoy…