New to the scene in Rockville Center on Long Island, New York, is Sangre de Uve. The name translates to “Blood of the Grape”……….Well alright then! There’s clearly no question as to the intent of this small Spanish/Cuban/Portuguese inspired Tapas bistro, so let’s get right to it.
Sangre de Uve does not have a ton of curb appeal, but once you step inside, you’re greeted by a warm and inviting decor that’s comfortable and friendly. I stopped in to have a small snack and a glass of red from their pretty extensive wine list. I started off with a glass of Tapena, a Tempranillo from Spain, and some Papitas, which is their home made tortilla and dip assortment. These were not your typical, hard, commercial tortilla chips from a bag, but real hand cut and fried tortillas. Nice! The three dips in the assortment (guacamole, black bean, and a mango salsa) were very fresh and flavorful, as were the tortillas, which had a touch of savory seasoning to them.
I didn’t have a lot of time, as I was on my way into Brooklyn for the evening, but I did have an opportunity to taste the Latino sampler, which included mini quesadillas and empanadas, served with salsa and sour cream. I also tried their shrimp in garlic sauce, which I loved. Just like the tortilla appetizer, all the rest of the food was fresh and delicious, with just the right amount of seasoning. Our server, Sarah, was very pleasant and made solid suggestions on both the food and wine. I was very pleased and will certainly stop back very soon to sample some more of Sangre de Uve’s freshly prepared Tapas and vast wine selection. Be sure to check them out if you’re in the area.
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