I'd like to give this thread a bump as my wife and I are looking for a good Spanish meal and we're pretty flexible; it could be anything from refined and creative "Nuevo Latino" dining at the higher end, or rustic Basque style / simple tapas menu.
Someone on HungryOnion recommended El Quinto Pino, which is a strong consideration. It looks like a great neighborhood spot although the tapas seem very basic.
The missus liked the idea of Casa Mono, but I've read so many mixed reviews (overly salted dished, rushed service) that I'm not sold on the idea. There's also Degustation, which seems to elicit polarizing reviews (more negative than positive lately).
Txikito gets tossed around a lot on this forum and while the food looks great, the space itself seems rather boring and generic. For my money, ambiance (preferably dark and quaint) shares equal merit as the kitchen when choosing to dine out.
Donostia looks great (except for the flat screen TV in the corner of the room-major detractor!) but it also seems to be mostly bar/counter seating and probably better suited for lunch or afternoon noshing; I could be wrong. The tapas menu seems very simple and straightforward in a good way. This one is a strong maybe!
ABC Cocina is another place that's on my radar, though I'm really not partial to the interior/decor, so it'll most probably get scratched from the list.
XyZ Pintxos y Botanas which was recommended earlier in this thread appears to be closed, unfortunately. It looked fantastic.
There's also Boqueria (multiple locations-usually not a promising sign) which we've never been to... and Tía Pol, which looks better suited to wine and tapas rather than a full meal; also kind of boring inside.
What am I missing and what would you recommend given the criteria?
I should add that we're staying at The Marlton in Greenwich Village and we'd much prefer to stick around Lower Manhattan, if possible.