Tapas are the ultimate small plates. Snacks, really, they're traditionally served at a bar. And they're ideal for grazers. But you also may want to make a full meal of them.
Here are three establishments where you'll want to do exactly that.
Authentic and excellent, Viaggio Tapas is a bustling spot where the food is a treat. Recommended: Iberico ham, patatas bravas, smoked Basque oysters, grilled octopus, zucchini flatbread, shrimp heads in spicy sauce. And if you desire a big plate: outstanding seafood paella.
324 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-208-7789
This upbeat restaurant delivers big flavors on small plates. Recommended: cod-stuffed piquillo peppers; cod croquettes; patatas bravas; sherry-sauteed chorizo sausage; Serrano ham with tomato spread, on toast; marinated white anchovies; Galician-style octopus; seafood salad.
655 Middle Country Rd., St. James; 631-656-1564
Salumi crosses borders with its spin on tapas. Recommended: smoked anchovies with mascarpone; marrow bone with onion jam; braised pork belly with kimchee; walnut pesto; grilled shrimp with garlic sauce; cured meats and cheeses.
5600 Merrick Rd., Massapequa; 516-620-0057