Drinking a glass of wine and eating head-on prawns at Las Ramblas may temporarily make you forget where you are. Then you’ll see an NYU student stumble out of Down The Hatch after too many games of beer pong, and you’ll remember that you’re a block from Washington Square Park. Even still, this tiny spot is ideal for affordable drinks and tapas with a small group. Ask for a side of house bread, and dip it in the sauces after you finish your mussels or octopus.
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Txikito has been doing solid business in Chelsea for several years, serving Basque-style tapas to people who are mostly on dates.
Leña is a sit-down Spanish spot that focuses on dishes cooked over an open fire. It's inside Mercado Little Spain in Hudson Yards.
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El Quinto Pino
This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.
Tia Pol is a Chelsea tapas spot that’s a great move for early-in-the-game dates. Have some sangria and some small plates.
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