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Pipa tapas y mas

38 E. 19th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Broadway
212-677-2233

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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67% would go back.

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Fab place for enjoying good wine & Sangria, yummy small plates, and socializing

By christikay on 12/12/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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196 out of 357 people found this review helpful.

Good Tapas and Atmoshpere

By Lorien209 on 1/18/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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391 out of 697 people found this review helpful.

This place is sad to the point of being comedic!

By ghettoblastah on 11/16/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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!

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372 out of 711 people found this review helpful.

The Tale of the 3-Star Restaurant that Thinks its a 5-Star Restaurant...

By ywwan on 11/12/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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!

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330 out of 646 people found this review helpful.

nice decor, medium food

By lukeweiss on 12/20/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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313 out of 622 people found this review helpful.

0% Tip deserving Service... so sad

By sandradinesout on 9/23/2004

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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

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299 out of 605 people found this review helpful.

watered down drinks and cold tapas

By herbbette on 8/8/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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311 out of 624 people found this review helpful.

Fun and tasty

By boven on 6/27/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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266 out of 530 people found this review helpful.

Expected better

By Cosmopolitan on 3/26/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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216 out of 465 people found this review helpful.

Great tapas, amusing decor

By lovesnyc on 9/26/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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