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Published April 02, 2013

See You in Mel
The Sequel to Barraca

Some people say you can’t get decent Lebanese wine in this city.

But we say that’s preposterous.

We mean, just look at this...

Welcome to Melibea, a beauty of a creative Mediterranean spot from the team behind Barraca, opening Monday... down the hall from Barraca.

This is where good dates come to become great. A sort of highly filtered Instagram of an old-school Barcelona theater, where an etched-granite bar is the wine-stocked stage. The name comes from a 15th-century Spanish play. That you’ve probably never seen. So you’ll associate it with plates of lamb tagine and oxtail-stew-topped pasta instead.

If Barraca is a boisterous group scene, this is where you’ll single out the group member you like best and win them over with venison moussaka and bottles of Lebanese red. You’ve got a couple of elevated Spanish-tiled platforms to choose from—one just to your right from the entrance, the other straight back. Go for the back.

There’s a nook for the two of you—just pass that sexy, stage-lit bar. The burnt-orange tufted banquette right next to the shelf with the lamp and the old-timey phone. That’s the spot.

But there are more spots on the horizon. A chef’s table, just opposite the bar, and a subterranean after-hours lounge, Duende, which they’re still kicking around ideas for.

In case you have any notions.
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