We'll have one of everything. More or less.
sangria to the face
pan con tomate
jamón, chorizo palacios, lomo embuchado
gambas a la plancha, sayin' what's up
chorizo con chocolate with sea salt and chili threads
Figures that the dishes I enjoyed most are absent from my photos. Sadly, they were wolfed down in record speed. The ham and manchego croquettes, the deviled eggs with smoked spanish paprika, the razor clams and cockles, the patatas bravas, and the tortilla espanola are all not to be missed.
If you can bag a table well in advance, this is the perfect spot to have one of those often-dreaded large group dinners (is it just me or do those stress you out too?). Affordable is an understatement. We ate, and ate, and ate (and drank, drank, drank) to the point where I was borderline uncomfortable, and the bill came to about $40 a person. I was prepared to have to shell out two times that (considering two pilsners and an uni panini totaled the same amount over at El Quinto Pino...). Tia Pol was a fantastically enjoyable and more importantly, authentically delicious restaurant.
And since company plays such a large role in a dining experience, perhaps this review is a tad biased. Because a night full of constant laughter, delectable small plates, and a constant flow of libations never hurt anyone.
Certainly not our table of 7.
205 Tenth Ave. (nr. 23rd St.)
FINAL GRADE: 91