As far as inspiration goes, German says he's done a lot of traveling in Spain, and he's especially influenced by the food of Barcelona. "Also," he says, "I'm Dominican, and Spanish cuisine is the biggest influence on our cuisine." Back in New York he points to one restaurant as well as an inspiration: Sala One Nine in the Flatiron district.
But really, you’ll want to come to this sultry red-walled den on your fourth or fifth date and head straight back to the snakeskin booth that’s slightly obscured under the stairs. From here you’ll summon a bottle of albariño, some croquetas and the paella for two, naturally.
There will be tapas, small plates and paella with key ingredients coming directly from Spain, others from local farms. German—who's worked at Supperclub in San Francisco and Jerry's in New York before that— realizes brunch was extremely popular at Rex, so he's keeping many of the favorite items while adding his own slight Spanish twist.