Small Plates: The Top 5 Tapas Restaurants in New York City

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A well structured tapa has a clear message, full flavors and tantalizing effect on the mind, mouth and soul. And best of all capsuled within a few mouthfuls so that you can be on to the next best bite-sized dish and keep the conversation going. It’s just the right speed to relax for NYC’s concrete chasing, jet-setting types.

1 Degustation

At Degustation the best way to dine is the chef's ten course tasting, which quite literally fulfills the restaurant's namesake as careful, appreciative tasting of various foods. Those with a lighter appetite can choose from a range of petite plates of savory delicious bites.
Renowned restaurant consultant Kate Edwards describes it as,"innovative and beautiful French and Spanish tapas served at a counter surrounding the kitchen... the chefs are this close,  you can see everything they prepare and the staff is terrific."

239 East 5th Street

New York, NY 10003


2 Tia Pol

Cozy and comforting like your favorite pair of slippers, Tia Pol relishes in the world of fine crafted authentic tapas. Slide in for a feast of small plates.

House favorites are xatonada (salt cod carpaccio with romesco and frisee salad), piquillos rellenos de ensaladilla rusa (sweet peppers filled with spanish potato salad topped with imported white tuna), and torta de santiago (spanish almond cake with dulce de leche and turron ice cream).

205 10th Avenue # 1

New York, NY 10011


3 Bar Basque

This recently opened hotspot at the Eventi Hotel serves up satiating pinxtos, small refined tapas that are ubiquitous with the Basque region of Spain. Get the conversation going with Spicy Fried Spanish Green Olives Stuffed With Anchovy, followed by Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, with tomato veil, jamon toast and red wine caviar, and Acorn-Fed Fermin Iberian Ham Free Range, Dry Cured. With 32 wines-by-the glass you will be sure to find a perfect fit for each course. It's a fresh contrast of authenticity against an ambiance of lightning red and futuristic decor that would make the Jetson's feel right at home.

839 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10001


4 The Hurricane Club

Bring on the pu pu platters. These tapas-inspired small plates with a Polynesian spin are fresh and fabulous at the Hurricane Club. Insiders know for a luxurious royal treatment to order the King Kamehameha Platter.  As for pu pu a la carte, the Club's Coconut Shrimp is simply a must. Shredded coconut encases tender shrimp. For those dragon tongues in quest for fire the Stuffed Korean Fire Chilis and Homemade Pork Sausage will satisfy the crave. Explorers will enjoy the Peanut Butter and Guava Jam Sandwiches with Prosciutto and Thai Basil.

360 Park Avenue South

New York, NY 10010


5 Turks & Frogs

Dark, sultry and shades of red hues lit by flickering candlelight create an atmosphere for an exciting first date or mingling amongst old and new friends at Turks & Frogs in the West Village. Petite flavorful plates of hummus, olives, dolma, and various cheeses pair with a wide selection of fine white, red and rose wines. Traditionalists can heighten their experience with a glass of Albarino, Garnacha, or Viura. Sweet tooths can enjoy a glass of berry bursting sherry for a grand finale.

323 W 11th St # 2
New York, NY 10014
(212) 691-8875

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