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Jan 13, 2010 12:01 PM

Looking for great SPANISH TAPAS with great ambiance

On my previous post I wrote tapas but didn't clarify Spanish tapas - for two couples - great food with fun - great ambiance - range in price from $60 to $80 per person. Thanks

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    1. Tia Pol has to be in the mix.

      1. Casa Mono was very good. No "great ambience" as OP requested. Not sure what qualifies for "fun" ambience. Small place, if you eat at the bar you leave smelling like food . . .

        Mercat? I haven't been recently so defer to other hounds for recent experiences.

        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          Mercat probably has the best ambiance but the food isn't as good as other places in town.

          Agree that Casa Mono is a bit loud, crowded, and cramped.

          1. re: kathryn

            Depends on the OP's definition of ambiance.
            Good Spanish tapas, at least the ones that I've been to in Spain, were usually cramped. loud and crowded.

            I'm going with Casa Mono for good local tapas,

            1. re: RCC

              True -- in Madrid, my favorite spot was loud, crowded, cramped, and reeked of cigarettes. But the food was divine. I was interpreting ambiance in the "USA" sense.

              Mercat has dim lighting, a handsome chef's counter, high ceilings, an wine cellar on the 2nd floor that you can see from the first floor, and Casa Mono isn't nearly as pretty of a room.

      2. I didn't get a chance to go to Txikito on my last trip, but passed along the rec (from kathryn, I think) to friends living in NYC... got a long text raving about it soon afterward. I think it has a reputation for being a bit pricier, but it should be well within your budget, and my friends seemed to think it was an excellent value.

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        1. re: daveena

          Txikito is great, just be prepared to wait a while for a party of four. It's a very small place.

        2. Ooh. I vote for Alta. But Boquiera or Sala 19 are good too.

          I had a really delicious (and romantic) dinner at Euzkadi in east village. Not quite Spanish, but Basque.

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          1. re: thursdaynext

            Basque is Spanish. In fact, the tapas (pintxos) from the Basque country are the most emblematic and delicious of Spain!

          2. I would reccomend Pipa.
            Great place - sexy atmosphere.

            1. Pipa just West of Park Ave in the 20's has great Tapas and a nice Flamenco show too.

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              1. re: Motosport

                I love pipa..people on here seem to disagree though...

                1. re: smokeandapancake

                  So we agree on Pipa, but not Tao - you were almost my nemesis.