Tia Pol – New York

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I love Tapas. Perfect sized plates of delicious-ness. And if you are sharing then you can order more because 1 or 2 plates will never be enough. New York is famous for its small alley like restaurants, but there are never too many of them! Tia Pol is one such small tapas restaurant with warm wooden tables, stone walls, dim yellow lights and a lot of happy eaters. During the summer, they open their doors to the streets, allowing the warm summer air to engulf you while you enjoy your meal.

I would not recommend that you go here with a very large group, this is a small cosy restaurant perfect for date night. It brings the charm of the many Spanish ‘tapeos’ to the hustle bustle of New York. What is great about tapas is that since they are small, as a vegetarian, you can order all the vegetarian dishes. In case you walk in without a reservation, you can have a drink at their bar that serves a large variety of wines.

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Tia Pol’s menu has enough options to keep you satisfied, but not get you confused. An obvious must have is the Patatas Bravas, that aioli is something else! We ordered 2 portions of it just for that aioli. One of the specials for the day was an amazing tomato gazpacho, it was literally a burst of freshness and flavor. I am not a gazpacho fan, but I would be licking the sides of that cup if I could. There is a reason they call dishes like these ‘specials’. The Ensalada de Alcachofa (artichoke and asparagus salad) was amazing well, fresh with the perfect amount of zing in the lemon dressing. The cheese board was also really good, a nice variety of Spanish cheeses. The Pan con Tomate was different from the regular, it came with 3 salsas which was rather interesting. All the food was really good and well cooked. A perfect spanish tapas meal, just as you would imagine it.

We ended our meal with an almond cake, that was not as delectable as the rest of the food. Though it was a nice end to our meal. If you are ever bumbling around on 1oth avenue, be sure to stop by for a glass of wine and some tapas.

205 TENTH AVENUE, NY, NY 10011 • 212-675-8805
http://tiapol.com/