Located in Chelsea, Tia Pol serves hearty tapas and Spanish cuisine. Wide front doors open into the small, brick-walled bar and restaurant; above the bar, there is a selection of Spanish wines. Dishes include such options as ham croquettes, patatas bravas, chicken liver mousse with pedro ximenez, and lamb skewers with moorish spices. Regular brunch and lunch dishes are also available and include a Spanish take on traditional entrees like the French toast with pedro jimenez syrup.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Seasonal Spanish tapas are prepared by husband-and-wife team Alexandra Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero in a sliver of a space near Chelsea's art galleries. Manhattan was oddly lacking in great tapas bars until Tía Pol came along. Now, the pitch-perfect tapas and the all-Spanish wine list draw in fans from all over the city, which means there are constant crowds at the door. Also a Go List selection in <a href="/golist/2007/property.cfm?label=tia-pol"> 2007</a> and <a href="/golist/2006/list.cfm?region=8&city=new-york">2006</a>.
We loved: The sandwich of chorizo sprinkled with bittersweet chocolate.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.