Best of Boston

2005 Best Romantic Restaurant, Affordable

Tasca Spanish Tapas Restaurant

Far from the hubbub of the North End and the glitz of Back Bay, Brighton’s Tasca has found its way into the affections of couples seeking quiet, affordable romance. First daters will like the pitchers of potent sangria, while couples celebrating anniversaries can coo over shared salt cod croquettes or shrimp with sizzling garlic. Snag a table in the back, where you can feed each other forkfuls of paella in private.

1612 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-730-8002,