Your Guide to Basquing in the Old West

What are the best restaurants for authentic Basque cuisine?

Louis Basque Corner is one of the rare restaurants in Nevada that serves Basque cuisine (Louis Basque Corner)

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The Star Hotel
246 Silver Street
Elko, NV 89801
(775) 753-8696

Louis’ Basque Corner
301 E 4th St
Reno, NV 89501

New York

An entirely different breed from the railroad lodges out west, New York’s Basque scene takes its cues from modern Basque Country cooking instead of the American Basque tradition. Catering to an East Coast crowd more or less untouched by Basque immigration, haute Basque-inspired eateries aim to educate rather than preserve a community. The difference is stark. Bar Basque, described by the New York Times’ Sam Sifton as “a strange, glass-walled and tube-shaped spaceship,” is as far from tradition as you can get, and the more intimate Txikito has an ambitious mission to create New York’s “glorious Spanish-food future”, updating traditional fare (salt cod, tripe, squid) with contemporary fusion flavors. Sure, it’s not Basque cooking by purist standards, but their roots are shared by those sturdy family boardinghouses 3000 miles away.

Bar Basque (
839 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
(646) 600-7150

Txikito (
240 9th Avenue  
New York, NY 10001
(212) 242-4730

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Aviva Shen is a reporter/blogger for ThinkProgress. Before joining CAP, Aviva interned and wrote for Smithsonian magazine, Salon, and New York.

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