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Bar Carrera

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175 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.730428 -73.986377
at 11th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-375-1555 Send to Phone

Photo by Ben Rosenzweig

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barcarrera.com

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Third Ave.; 6 at Astor Pl.

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Tapas can mean nearly anything these days, but pintxos (tastings served in the Basque region of Spain) are a little more specific. Owner Frederick E. Twomey, who first took on European snacks at Bar Veloce next door, named his wine bar for a men’s culinary club in San Sebastian, then veiled the interior with a rippled glass facade. The long space holds a poured concrete bar fronted by dark wood-grained stools and backed by shelves of wine while an eating counter—for that leg of Serrano ham perhaps—runs along one Moroccan-tiled wall. More space can be found around poured-concrete tables in the back room or a connected space next door, both later additions to the bar. A blend of Iberian and American pop ignites the mood for local friends and dates. Surprising matches characterize the menu of tiny bites: rich, slightly charred pork caramelized with juniper sugar, and creamy garrotxa cheese paired with guava-like membrillo paste. The regional Spanish reds, whites and sherries are equally tantalizing, among them intense tempranillos and strawberry sangria, fresh with mint and cardamom.

Games

A vintage Stock Car pinball machine in back entertains with free games and plenty of ding.

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