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Tapas and Sangria

Friends are in town and I am looking for a cool spot for affordable tapas and sangria...i am up for all neighborhoods

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  1. Pipa

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    1. re: cdog

      Try the underrated Tintol on West 46th Street....

      1. re: cdog

        I'm sure there are definately places with better food out there (in regards to Pipa), but you can't beat that atmosphere!!

      2. I am a boqueria fan. I love the food and their white sangria is excellent. The only problem is they don't take reservations so you have to get there early or be prepared to wait.

        1. To add to the lists suggested: Alta and Bar Carrera

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            Watch out for that white sangria at Alta -- it packs a stealthy punch!

            1. re: a_and_w

              The red one does too!!

              and with that I'll put my vote in for Alta. It's fun, the food is great, and you have enough room on your table. I find some many tapas places to be too cramped. and Las Ramblas is so tiny I wouldn't consider it for a group.

          2. Definitely Xunta on 1st ave and 11 st. I've heard good things about degustation and tia pol but not sure if they have sangria. Xunta has amazing giant pitchers and the BEST tapas and its fairly cheap. enjoy!

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            1. re: kam0424

              I can confirm that Tia Pol has excellent red & white sangria, and tapas that are even more excellent - prices are moderate, but not cheap. Degustation is definitely a touch more expensive - with that comes a decidedly more intimate atmosphere and flavors maintaining a more delicate balance.

              Xunta has nice-sized pitchers, but the subterranean space always feels sort of dungeon-esque whenever I visit. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just know that it's slightly more casual than Alta or your other options.

            2. Pintxo's on Greenwich gets my vote.

              1. I'll second the rec for Alta - great place. I also like Sala (either location is good - 19th between 5th and 6th or Bowery near Great Jones).

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                1. re: pellegrino31

                  Las Ramblas on West 4th. Great place. Good food in a small space that is well priced.

                2. La Nationale on w14th btw 7th and 8th. It's in the basement of the Spanish historical Society I believe. Pretty affordable. They also do family style paella, which is quite good (but can get expensive, as it is *i think* $18.00 per serving, so we usually order 1-2 less the amount of people there). They have a nicer dining area (rustic wooden tables and chairs, dimly lit, very small though) which you can call ahead for, and then the area by the kitchen where there are big screens playing futbol and is brightly lit.

                  1. I loved the food at Casa mono on Irving place and it is a friendly place where you sit at the bar and the barman chats with you about wines. You can also sit in front of the open kitchen to watch them cook the meals.

                    1. Paella on east 9th Street has large and shareable assorted tapas platters and decent sangria.