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38 E. 19th St., New York, NY, 10003
Fab place for enjoying good wine & Sangria, yummy small plates, and socializing
By christikay on 12/12/2007
I've been to this spot a few times -- always friendly, warm, and very social. Great wine & Sangria, plenty of authentic small plates to try & share w/friends. It's fun both in the bar area with some community seating and plenty of mingling possibility, and also in the dining room. Would definitely recommend it!
Good Tapas and Atmoshpere
By Lorien209 on 1/18/2007
I guess everything improved since the last opinion on here is from 2005. I have gone here twice in the last 6 months and have had no problems. First time I was with a large group with no reservations. We waited by the bar and it was a really busy Friday. It took a while but the hostess got us a table. My husband and friends are picky and/or vegetarians, I am neither. However, everyone found the food delicious and we didn't have to pull teeth to find items on the menu we could all share. However, the service did lack attentiveness. The waiter had to be reminded of things we asked for. But overall it was enjoyable. I just went back last night with an old friend and the service was great. It was busy but our waiter made sure we had everything we needed and made some suggestions to us. Shrimp and Crab croquette, very good! We spent three hours at Pipa and enjoyed the great atmosphere, food and sangria. I recommend trying the white asparagus, patatas (with mustard aioli), and calamari. No snooty 5 star feeling (or ball gown) when I was there either.
This place is sad to the point of being comedic!
By ghettoblastah on 11/16/2005
I guess I should been warned that something was "off" when we were greeted by a hostess in a vintage, floor-length ballgown. C'mon Guys...you're attached to a department store for Pete's sake...get over yourselves! I like the wood-beamed ceiling and warm lighting, BUT THAT'S WHERE IT ENDS. My date found someone else's lipstick imprint on her water glass...ew! Food was passable, but the vibe there is just bizarre. Many other decent places to go to for tapas...Cheers!
The Tale of the 3-Star Restaurant that Thinks its a 5-Star Restaurant...
By ywwan on 11/12/2005
This is an OK tapas place - the tapas are at best, hit of miss. Some dishes are too greasy (shrimp, chirozo, wild mushrooms) but tasty in a satisfyingly gross and greasy way (chirozo) and some of the dishes are actually quite good (charcuterie plate, scallops). The white wine sangria is very good, I have it every time I'm there. The paelle is not the best I have had but its not bad and unlike the tapas, the portions are quite big. This is the kind of place I would normally prefer to go with a big group of it were not for the terrible service. Its not well lit and the wait staff seem to have a higher level of obliviousness to signalling patrons than most restaurants. I haven't been back in a long time since a waitress insulted us by asking if there was anything wrong with the service, being clearly unhappy with the more than adequate 18% tip we left (no we were not a big group, just a party of two). Its not cheap either and unfortunately, for the service and food quality, its over rated!
nice decor, medium food
By lukeweiss on 12/20/2004
The sangria was the best part. Fabulous. But the food was mediocre. The paella was plentiful but a little bland. Not bad, but not memorable.
0% Tip deserving Service... so sad
By sandradinesout on 9/23/2004
Hi there, oh I had high expectations after the reviews and what friends told me, but then receiving almost none to in the end no attention whatsoever from our obviously bored server ruined the birthday party we were so much looking forward to. we had to beg for second drink, a really needed bread refill and even the bill. the atmo is nice, bit the fact that every fancy chandelier on the ceiling has a big price tag on it, doesnt really add to the charme... food was okay, not worth the money in combination with the poor service
watered down drinks and cold tapas
By herbbette on 8/8/2004
i cant imagine why anyone would go back to this restaurant. all the tapas we ordered were extremely BLAND and tasteless! the mojito was sweet and syrup-y, not a hint of rum.. the decor is a definate 10 but worthless when the food is flavorless and drinks so weak.
Fun and tasty
By boven on 6/27/2004
It's not elegant and it's not quiet. Dining in the chaotic Pipa takes you across the globe to Spain, and a paella with a pither of Sangria is just great.
By Cosmopolitan on 3/26/2004
Having been to Spain many times, I was expecting a decent level of quality. Food is ok, but not divine. We had the sample tapas plate but we were not satisfied by the taste and the amount of each sample. They need to try and adopt a more generous portion policy.
Great tapas, amusing decor
By lovesnyc on 9/26/2003
We have eaten at Pipa many times. The food is very good, especially anything featuring lamb. Service is always friendly and prompt. A visit to NYC for us, would not be complete without stopping here for lunch and shopping. We ate here in January and May of 2003 and look forward to returning very soon.
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