I was meeting friends at a nearby bar, and I was a bit hungry. I was early, as usual. As I wandered, I saw a pleasant looking tapas bar on Berry Street. "Self, that looks good," I told myself. I entered and saw a blackboard covered with tapas and a very appealing list of wines by the glass. I ordered two boquerones (1.50 per toothpick) one quail egg and olive thing on a toothrpick (1.50 also) and a manchego with membrillo that I thought was 6 dollars. I ordered a glass of cava for 6 dollars.
First, the good. The atmosphere was cozy and pleasant. My cava was delicious, and I noticed they also had a Ribera de Duero for 6 dollars, one of my favorite grapes. The boquerones and quails were nice and fresh and sharp tasting (with the olives) - I thought of them almost like Spanish sushi in their bite-sized portions.
The manchego was extremely skimpy. I was served five papery slices of the cheese, drizzled with what I guess was essence of quince, not the yummy paste I had expected. Two wafers of apple bracketed the cheese. When I got my bill, I found I had been charged 10 dollars for this half-ounce repast.
Long story short, I would return to Zipe Zape to drink. The place was cheery and the wine, beer and cocktail selection was reasonably priced. I would not go if I were hungry at all. It might be a good place to go for a drink on a date, so if one were starving one could nibble (very) delicately while drinking.
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