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Bar Carrera

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

  • Cuisine: Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $

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Official Website

barcarrera.com

Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Prices

$4-$6

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

This venue is closed.

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. A blend of Iberian and American pop ignites the mood for local friends and dates, as well as off-duty restaurant professionals downing shots of almond gazpacho in place of Jagermeister. 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, a vivaciously fruity, sharp Martinsancho verdejo, and strawberry sangria, fresh with mint and cardamom.

Extra

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

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