Mon-Thu, 6pm-1am; Fri, 5pm-3am; Sat, 11am-3am; Sun, 11am-1am Brunch: Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm
6pm-8pm; $6 tapas, $7 well drinks
Fri-Sun, 5pm-7pm; $6 tapas, $7 well drinks
F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
With its authentic cooking and relaxed atmosphere, this spacious bar achieves a convivial vibe that encourages you to make a full evening of tapas. Surrounding tables (two-tops and communal ones for four to six) are big enough to accommodate a pile-on of plates yet small enough to encourage mingling. Dishes are simple, light and subtle: classic pairings of shrimp with garlic and olive oil, assorted aged cheeses, chorizos and calamari. This reasonably priced menu is well-balanced by an extensive list of Spanish reds (with a few whites) while the fruity sangria comes in generous pitchers. As white candles scatter a soft glow that plays on the wooden floor, the one-room hangout’s open windows framed by dark, weathered wood look out on the Lower East Side. The Iberian-influenced music plays at a volume that allows for deep conversation with an upbeat soundtrack.
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