As soon as you set foot inside Tia Pol, you know you're in for a good time. For a Wednesday evening, the place was absolutely buzzing with people presumably kicking back from a hard days work and happy that the weekend was now in sight.
Naturally, there was a wait for our party of 2, but grudges were quickly squandered as soon as our poison of choice for the evening, a nice big jug of sangria, arrived. Plus we were able to place an order of pratatas bravas (rough cut fried potatoes with spicy aioli) which made the wait all the more bearable. When you're hungry, nothing tastes better than, essentially, french fries with mayonnaise and paprika--it was delicious.
30 minutes later, we were seated at the bar (which was fine, and probably more fun than sitting at a table) and the ordering began. We selected an assortment of tapas including razor clams, lamb skewers, squid in ink with rice, chorizo with bittersweet chocolate, ham croquettes, and an order of the suckling pig.
While all the dishes were consistently excellent across the board, there was one run-away winner: the suckling pig. I will probably encounter death a few days sooner as I am pretty sure my arteries are now irreversably more congested, but my was it worth it! The skin was absolute perfection...honey glazed yet still cripsy, with all the fatty goodness that makes tasty food tasty. A sure way to satisfy any savory cravings!
To finish, we shared an order of the almond cake, which I loved. Especially since I enjoy other almond desserts like almond tofu and almost bubble tea. The cake burst with that lovely almond scent and paired with the ice cream and a slightly salty caramel sauce, was pretty darn bomb (for lack of a better word).
I am not sure whether sitting at the bar subconciously drove us to consume the amount of booze we did, because not only were we completely stuffed, but we were pretty toasted too! It was at this point when our otherwise flawless decision making for the evening went awry: another jug of sangria, and an impulsive decision to hit up the meatpacking district.
Gotta love Tia Pol!
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