Table Talk: Pipa

38 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003

Pipa, a Spanish tapas restaurant owned by ABC Carpet & Home and Chef Douglas Rodriguez is an absolutely gorgeous venue. Romantic, dimly–lit chandeliers, antique mirrors and a cozy wooden and brick wall dining room make you feel as though you've been transported back in time.

I was greeted with a very lively ambiance, which makes sense since the name Pipa means “having a good time” in Spanish slang. I joined the party with a glass of cava sangria ($12) made from sparkling Spanish white wine which was refreshing but didn’t compare to their killer piña and coco mojito ($12). The pineapple and coconut flavors mask the rum but don’t be fooled, it's easy to have one too many.

Besides typical tapas, Pipa also offers salads and soups, but I decided to keep it traditional. The Calamari Crujiente ($13) were lightly battered and not too crispy or chewy, just melt-in-your-mouth tender. The Piggy Back Dates ($10) were almond-stuffed, bacon-wrapped and delicious! They were served with endive leaves, and cabrales sauce. The saltiness of the bacon, the bitterness of the endives, the pungency of the cabrales, the earthy flavor of the almonds and the sweetness of the of the dates had my tastebuds singing. I can’t wait to go back on Sunday or Monday for live music or a flamenco show. I might even consider buying more than just food! Most of Pipa's beautiful furnishings are on sale, compliments of ABC Home.