Restaurant Review: Toro NYC

I partly blame myself for my experience at Toro. Partly. The rest I blame on Toro. I blame myself for going with a mostly conservative food crowd –unwilling to try the truly interesting morsels on the menu like Oreja De Cerdo Terrina (pig ear terrine with king crab and yuzu), Foie Gras Y Piquillo (seared foie gras with piquillo pepper, cider vinegar gastrique and candied walnuts), Paella De Conejo Y Lumach (rabbit and snail paella), Croquettas de Jamon Y Cabeza (ham and pigs head fritters), Panzo De Cerdo (pork belly) and Pato Con Membrillo (duck with quince glaze).

My last memory of Toro was in their Boston location 4 years ago which I loved-- cozy, dark exposed brick, warm and ohhhh the rabbit terrine with crusty bread. This time the space was large, noisy and freezing cold! I was shivering and eating, my senses dulled because my energy was being spent to increase my body temperature. They must draft proof that place-but the Verdad Y Amor helped me through.

This is what we shared and I pouted through:

Pimientos Del Padron (Spicy shishito peppers with sea salt) not my choice, they tasted like spicy peppers

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Escalivada Catalana (smoked eggplant, onions, peppers and tomatoes with sherry vinegar and olive oil)-Great!

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Croquetas De Bacalao (Salt cod fritters with tempura lemon rings and aioli) (Not my choice-I would have preferred the -like every croquettas di bacalao I ever had

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Txipirones (Baby Squid with Toasted Bread and Farm Egg) Ok but underseasoned-had great potential though

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Filete a La Plancha (Marinated skirt steak with cabrales butter and red onion marmalade) Rare,tough, chewy and I could barely cut it

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Because I have such fond memories of Boston Toro and am a romantic, I want to try it again when I am not freezing my hoohaas off and when I am with a more adventurous crowd.

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