The regular menu at Tia Pol is rich with deliciousness, but savvy regulars always check the day’s specials first. “They’re always, always spectacular,” promises iheartoffal. “Sometimes I even just ask them to send out all the specials without telling me what they are.” One recent hit: oyster mushroom carpaccio with olive oil, manchego, tomato, and Marcona almonds.

Among the everyday offerings at this popular Basque-influenced tapas bar, hounds especially like these:

– Fried chickpeas: “The best thing in the entire world,” declares tamasha.

– Patatas bravas: Rough-cut potatoes, nicely seasoned, perfectly fried, and served with lively spicy aioli.

– Pinchos morunos: Scrumptious lamb skewers, which arrive stuck into pieces of excellent crusty bread. That bread really soaks up the meat juices, so don’t leave it uneaten, advises Senor Popusa.

– Navajas y almejas: Razor clams and cockles. They’re terrific on their own, but once again bread is your friend–use it to sop up the briny, garlicky juices, urges Miss Needle.

Also recommended: Palacios chorizo with bittersweet chocolate, boquerones (white anchovies) stuffed into tuna, and piquillo peppers stuffed with potato salad.

Tia Pol [Chelsea]
205 10th Ave., between W. 22nd and 23rd Sts., Manhattan
212-675-8805
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