Tapas Juggernaut Lands in Soho

Photo: Courtesy of Lizarran

According to Crains, Lizarran, a Spanish fast-casual chain that specializes in Basque pintxos and tableside flamenco performances, will open its first New York location in January, at 45 Mercer Street (in the former Cendrillon space). According to Lizarrans website, where a sample menu is posted, the chain started in Catalua two decades ago and has grown to 200 restaurants in eight countries, everywhere from China to California. Crains says its planning no less than five locations in Gotham. This first location is a cobblestones throw from , the tiny tapas bar near the French Culinary Institute where students go to trade gossip about their instructors it remains to be seen whether McTapas will lure them away.

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Lizarran Tapas Restaurant [Official site]