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TIA POL has great tapas -- oh yes!

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TIA POL has great tapas -- oh yes!

mrnyc | Oct 30, 2004 12:08 PM

we went to TIA POL early friday night to try it out. the tapas are excellent. they have several daily specials, and a few maybe oddball items like a chocolate and chorizo tapa. instead, we went with menu standards.

we had patatas bravas, the spicy double fried potatos with spicy aioli. it was very tasty, vey rich and not too spicy. addicting.

we also had a mini deviled eggs dish and these were pefectly made and there was nothing odd about it they were just what you expect them to be. delicious. three for $3 and they have a larger version too.

i had a cockles/periwinkles in seafood broth that was perfect and the broth was just right for scooping up with bread.

the last tapa we shared was one with bites of serrano ham, asparagus and manchego cheese folded up into a triangle football that looked like the ones you made up and played with in elementary school. it's a very very good combo and of everything we tried i'd rec it the most.

to drink i had to start with my fav sherry because of course they had it, la gitana manzanilla. it's dry and light and kind of hard to find in other tapas places. i also had a oloroso to finish.

we sat at the bar and service is fine, except the bartender spilled a glass of someone's wine on me! yikes! it was jarring but only got on my shirt. the bartender was nice about it and offered to give me some money or take it to dry cleaner, but i declined. however, at the end of the meal she took off $10 off the bill anyway.

the only true downside of the place is the bar stools are a bit odd and uncomfortable. we mentioned they could use hooks under the bar---after my spouse was fumbling with the purse all night. i hope others also ask for that too. also, dont plan on going with more than a party of two unless you go super early as the place gets packed quick and there is really no room for more unless you get the front corner of the bar itself.

all in all if you are a traditional tapas fan def give TIA POL a go it's mighty fine food.

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