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Tapas: Zely and Ritz
Monday, 2005 March 21 - 10:31 pm
Zely and Ritz is one of the latest restaurants to jump on the tapas bandwagon. It's in the spot formerly occupied by the Cockeyed Chef on Glenwood Avenue.

Last Friday I went out with the hot women again. They are not single, by the way. If you're a regular reader you probably know that I have a lot of attractive women friends who are utterly unavailable, and who so far have been no help in my quest to escape bachelorhood. But I stand by my theory that One Can Never Have Too Many Beautiful Friends.


When we walked into Zely and Ritz, we were immediately charmed by the layout. It's a cozy little place, with elegant but comfortable decor. The lighting was a bit bright in spots, but not garishly so. There was a cool long bar table that looked like a good place to socialize, and then there were maybe ten small tables for dining.

It's a tapas place, competing with places like The Red Room and the always-fabulous Humble Pie. I think Zely and Ritz is going for a bit more of the upscale market.

The wine list is extensive. We had a Rioja at the lower end of the price scale, at $22, and it was quite good.

The selection of tapas is decent and varied. We of course ordered a number of items to share. They were all consistently good, if perhaps not spectacular. The meat dishes like the quail and duck were very good, but I thought the gnocchi and the scallops ceviche could have had a little bit more flavor.

We ended up sampling quite a bit of the menu, because unfortunately the dishes tended to be pretty small, even for tapas. Between the three of us, I think we ordered twelve items, plus a dessert. We were full by the end, but it took us a while to get there.

On the whole, we were pleased with the meal. I'd say Humble Pie is probably a bit better both in terms of price and quality, but Zely and Ritz wins on atmosphere and service (even considering that a waiter knocked over my glass of wine; disaster was barely averted by the napkin on my lap).

Rating: 4/5
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Comment #1 from Nicholas (Guest)
2005 Mar 22 - 7:33 am : #
So how much did the 12 items add up to? I had the most disposable income while on my first "real" job right out of college. Then I bought a house, then I had a baby, then I had another baby and my wife quit working (outside the house). You probably will not be seeing me at Zely & Ritz, more like 2 Guy's.

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