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.

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