At Café Madrid, the owners--Gabrielle McAfee and her brother, J.C. Pino, in particular--will make you feel like family. Pino instructs customers to “get messy,” encouraging the use of fresh rolls for sopping up Café Madrid’s luscious sauces, and mixing and matching various croquettes with those accompanying sauces. Start with small, tender, black mussels in a rich, roasted-red-pepper and tomato sauce or make an entire meal of classic Spanish tapas, like croquetas, gambas con bacon, piquillo rellenos and butifarritas. The pierna de cordero is wonderful: tender lamb shank slowly roasted in a rich Port sauce. All that’s left is to order a glass or bottle of wine from the extensive Spanish wine list.
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