Tía Pol

The rating scale of 0 to 100 reflects our editors’ appraisals of all the tangible and intangible factors that make a restaurant or bar great — or terrible — regardless of price.

Read more about the new ratings
74 Totally Fine

A seminal Chelsea tapas joint that has seen better days.

205 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011

212-675-8805

http://tiapol.com

Reserve a table

Known For

The lowdown

The diminutive Chelsea tapas destination has lost much of its luster since the fabled tapas duo who opened it years ago, Alex Raij and her husband, Eder Montero, flew the coop after a dispute with their partners. But the classic, Basque-accented, small-plates menu still endures more or less as they left it (creamy potato croquettes, skewers of lamb marinated in garlic, endless varieties of cod); and so does the snug little room, which has the worn feel of a favorite neighborhood bar instead of a first-class tapas destination.

Adam Platt

What you need to know

Insider Tips The private dining room maxes out at 18 (sitting) or 20 (standing).

Recommended DishesGreen peppers; lamb skewers; chorizo al jerez; patatas bravas; squid in ink with rice.

DrinksB.Y.O.B, Beer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized