I went to La Tasca on July 1, 2014 with group of four. It was the evening of the USA-Belgium World Cup match, and when we went in there was a large and vocal crowd in the bar area. It quickly dispersed once the game was over. We chose La Tasca because two of us had recently started a low-carb diet and the menu offered a great variety of items that worked with the diet (items marked GF on the menu are gluten free).
We started with the charchuterie and cheese board. The hams and sausages were great and the cheeses were outstanding especially the tetilla and montenebro which I was not familiar with. We bravely resisted the rustic bread and rosemary crackers that accompanied the boards.
We then split the kale salad with chorizo and the spinach salad with pears and walnuts. I particularly like the spinach salad.
Next we had the grilled asparagus, the grilled calamari, quail escabeche and the grilled angus sirloin. All were really good. Everyone loved the steak and quail. My wife did not care for the texture of the squid but I really enjoyed it. I loved the way it was presented, complete with ink on a bed of onions and peppers.
The portions were larger then I am used to at tapas restaurants. We were easily able to get four tasting portions out of every dish and usually there was enough left over to give another bite to whomever liked the dish the most. The salads were the size of a normal restaurant side -salad. Plus the dishes were served in a method that made it easy to share. For example, the quail was divided into 4 pieces, the steak was sliced, the charcuterie board came with 5 pieces of each meat and the squid was scored to make it easy to cut.
The only negative was that it was a bit over warm in the dining room. It was 95 degrees outside and I think the large soccer-watching crowd contributed to an increase in the ambient temperature.
The total bill was $140 before tip and that included one drink each and two bottles of sparkling water.