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Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar in Garden City: First bites

A lunch special of octopus salad with roasted

A lunch special of octopus salad with roasted red peppers at Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar in Garden City. (November 2013) Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

A recent lunch at the new Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar in Garden City had me wishing I could have lingered over a glass of wine instead of rushing back to the office.

The space, which last hosted the Upper Crust Cafe, has undergone a huge transformation, with wood beams and brickwork and no shortage of rustic Euro charm. It’s under the same co-ownership as Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa, which is where executive chef Giuseppe Agostino previously cooked.

Lunch began with a dish of Marcona almonds ($5), fried with sea salt and impossible to stop eating. I found myself addicted, as well, to the patatas bravas, roasted fingerling potatoes ($6) glossed with olive oil and served with a spicy red sauce and lovely cumin aioli. The showstopper was a special made on the plancha, or grill, behind the bar: tender grilled octopus with a roasted red pepper salad ($14).

Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar is at 931 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-246-9459.
 

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