La Cava

La Cava, in New York’s Midtown East neighborhood, may just be one of the best kept secrets of the area. A jewelbox of a tapas bar, La Cava offers a welcome change of pace from the usual pubs and chains in the area.

This is the go to place for me when I have a business meeting, or want to get a glass of wine and a bit of charcuterie. It’s small and engaging, and while it can get quite loud sometimes, the glow from candlelight helps soften the mood.

I mentioned charcuterie, and I can recommend without fail the Cava Plate, which rolls in at $20 and rolls me out feeling full and content. It’s a chef’s selection of meats, cheeses, and paté, served with a variety of breads and spreads. It’s light yet filling, and super delicious. If you’re looking for something more substantial, the Parisienne panino is also pretty solid, and affordable, at just $10.

Their daily happy hour from 4-7 is the main draw, and this is the chance to grab a glass of wine for $7, and a variety of beers for $5.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.