205 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 22nd St.
By currypowder on 10/13/2004
I have been on the search for authentic Spanish Tapas every since I returned from Spain. Mario Batali's Bar Jamon came close, but Tia Pol has no doubt overtaken Bar Jamon in terms of taste and quality. I brought some of my Catalan friends to Tia Pol and they loved it. The atmosphere is incredibly romantic but it's not good for large groups or families. But it's perfect for happy hour type get togethers, business meetings, a few friends meeting up, and of course the romantic date. The price is also moderate. Not too expensive. But if you're planning on making a complete meal out of Tapas, don't come starving--it could put a bit of a dent in your pocket. Wonderful and simple wine selection also.
By Glieds on 11/17/2004
The wait was a bit long and the restaurant is tiny, but the food was fresh and delicious and extremely resonable. The sangria was really tasty as well.
By daniel_in_ny on 11/23/2004
Visited Tia Pol after a gallery walk on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Not very crowded (8-10 employees, 5-6 guests)at that time of the day. The waiter gave us the menu and they had some very mouthwatering sweets on it - just the right thing to go with a hot cafe con leche. When ready to order, we were surprised to learn that everything on the menu was only available after 6 PM. The only food they had on their bar menu was anchovies olives and the like. Certainly the right thing with a happy hour beer in the summer, but definetly not with our con leche (which was as good as the last one I had in Barcelona, by the way). Overall dissapointing, though, but everybody get's a second chance (or I will bring my own donuts from the Dunkin Donuts next door).
By zeecee on 12/23/2004
Those of us who remember tapas in Spain are on the continual quest to duplicate what we had - and it's just not possible. But this place, owned and operated by a woman who lived in Madrid, is festive and they try to come through. Tapas are interesting and good with chorizos, cheese, sometimes grilled sardines, potatoes with mayo, and they're even recreating those delicious fried peppers. There's only one large table (for 6) and everyone else is at cramped tables or at the lively bar, but people don't seem to mind. It's a happy place. Sangria could be more flavorful so we order something else. I say bravo!
By StevenJames on 2/18/2005
This claustrophobia inducing space should be avoided at all costs. Not only the tapas are flavorless and undercooked, the waiters are among the rudest we’ve encountered in NYC. The pimientos estilo gernika was oily yet still had no hint of flavour. The paquetitos de jamon left a sour aftertaste and the cheese must have been a few months past its expiration date?. Finally, the gampas shrimp came with a strong odor from the dripping juice that was reason enough to simply skip the dish. The "service" was centered on a group of 3 people seated at the bar who seemed to be friends of the owner. After being completely ignored for more than 45 minutes, we finally managed to get the attention of one of the waitresses who was rude and obnoxious. If the place is meant as a drinking joint for the owner and his buddies, perhaps a sign to that effect could be helpful for the rest of us so we can skip this little noisy whole in the ground. I would also suggest that the owner should invest in a few lessons of common courtesy and manners and etiquette for his employees.
By foodie73 on 3/12/2005
I have never written a review, but last night's dinner at Tia Pol promts me to very simply say, how authentic, good and tasty the tapas were. Six of us ( a mix of Italians, British and Americans) enjoyed A delicious array of tapas, hard to give a rating, the polpo, chorizo, green peppers, were our favourites. The deserts were surpisingly light, and absolutely delicious we tried all of them ! We all agreed it was better than most tapas ever eaten in Spain !! Great atmostphere and good service for a good night with friends or on a date.
By dafrja on 5/7/2005
crowded, good sangria (I usually don't like sangria that much), the server made good suggestions. All the plates were tasty. Price is right
By zenden on 10/15/2005
It's tiny, it's crowded, the wait can be long - and I love it! Not always authentic in details, but definitely true Spanish tapas in spirit. Robust flavors, great wines, big fun in a tiny space.
By ash10nr on 1/26/2007
Besides the fact that this is the first resturant i've been to that actually mastered the art of using spanish paprika (the food doesn't taste like a smoked piece of wood) the atmosphere and the lovely staff make it a resturant i try to frequent as often as possible. The sangria is amazing, the best i've had sicne spain, and the deviled egss are to die for. Even if one has to wait for a table, and i've waited for hours before, the atmosphere and glass of sangria in your hands makes the time fly buy.
By waynezinho on 6/6/2008
I don't see what the fuss was all about, but then I realized ... no one was eating. Small, cramped and uncomfortable, the real disappointment was the food. I know Tapas. I am Catalan/Portuguese and practically grew up sampling Tapas in the Tri-state area. This was by far the worst! I ordered a few plates and as the shark triangles came out, I was absolutely HORRIFIED! There were 5 pieces of shark about half the size of a chicken McNuggets [which I would have preferred]. The Clams were tiny and not special [my mother makes the same thing at home] as was everything else. The almonds were greasy and unappealing. The Pepers Gernika were unappealing, just fried. Overall the portions were terrible. The food was average. There was ZERO value, and the service pretty much sucked. All of the 6 plates I ordered could fit with room left over on one plate and I dropped around 55$, AND HAD TO EAT SOMEWHERE ELSE AFTER. There are plenty of better places to try in the city as well as Newark, NJ. I wanted to like this place but It ended up being a waist of money.