205 10th Ave (and 22nd St)
New York, NY
Nearby: The High Line, 123 and ACE subways
Reminiscent of the restaurants lining the streets of Barcelona, Tia Pol has a small yet open entrance that extends far back to form a long, narrow room.
Upon entering, you’ll find yourself in dimly lit space with a buzzing scene by the bar to your left. In front of you, a row of tables lines the wall down the narrow passageway towards the back of the restaurant. This front section of the restaurant is probably more suited for those seeking a fun, vibrant scene. However, if you’re looking to have a more intimate conversation, the restaurant’s back room is perfect for you.
My friend Lauren and I were seated in this back room, which worked out well as we had some catching up to do. The room was slightly brighter, illuminated by candlelight, and more subdued as it was sheltered from the energetic front.
After we were seated, an enthusiastic waiter gave us the run down on the menu specials. Off the bat, we ordered a pitcher of white wine sangria to sip on while we deliberated what to get. It was light, fruity, and delicious – definitely split a pitcher between two. With some advice from our waiter, Lauren and I decided to order:
- the deviled eggs
- the lamb skewers
- the piquillo peppers
- the scallops (a special that night)
- and the patatas bravas
It was the perfect amount of food for two (if not slightly too much).
We both agreed that the scallops were the order of the night; they were cooked to perfection and sitting in a creamy and flavorful tomato sauce, topped with frizzled zucchini and ham.
The lamb skewers were a close second, served simply with slices of baguette.
The patatas bravas were a must – a classic Spanish dish and a good indicator of a tapas restaurant’s quality. I must say that although I have had better – ones that were twice fried – Tia Pol’s potatas bravas were still up to standards and came with a tasty aioli.
The piquillo peppers, although quite good, were nothing to rave about, and we could probably have done without them. The same goes for the deviled eggs. However, they were only $3, so no huge regrets there.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Tia Pol. A fun atmosphere with authentic and tasty tapas style dishes, it’s perfect for both date night and a group of friends.
Check out their menu and website here.
Price: $30 and under