401 West 24th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001140.747175 -74.000895
Mon-Thu, 8:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-midnight; Fri, 8:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-1am; Sat, 5:30pm-1am; Sun, 5:30pm-midnight
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Chelsea
Great Date Spot – walked in, very friendly personable service. we ordered 2 glasses of wine. the scent of the dishes from our neighbor's small dishes encouraged us to order a few on our own. Again, per the waitress's suggestions we ordered a meat dish, fish dish and a cheese platter. It's very chill, a great place for easy conversation and light yet wholesome food.
Bite-sized tapas in a pint-sized Chelsea spot. – The Scene
Tapas restaurants that hew to the Spanish tradition of a few bites are hard to find in New York, probably because there's no hopping from bar to bar to complete the meal. Bear that in mind here for noshing and seating--the only otions are stools at the bar and at a small counter rimming the walls, although there's plenty of standing room.
The fluctuating menu offers a nice mix of carefully prepared classics and inventive originals. If available, the white anchovies are a must, the silver fish bathed in vinegar and then served in olive oil for melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. A Serrano ham sandwich is good, but better is the uni panini; the urchin's metallic taste is washed away with a nose-clearing mustard oil and sandwiched between warm, crusty bread. As fitting Spain, pig proves prominent: The puffed bacon bits are delectable, but the pig ear salad, with its lovely, subtle taste and difficult-to-conquer texture, is a mind-over-matter affair.
Hits: Flirty service only enhances the well-balanced flavors that emerge from the tiny kitchen. Generous wine pours don't hurt, either.
Misses: It takes only a few nibblers to fill the place up, and finding enough stools for your party can be a free-for-all.
Good for drink after work - inconsistent food – EQP is on my block so I was keen to check it out. Firstly I love what they have done with the place. Previously it was a much loved but fairly grungy, shabby coffee hole. Now it's a pretty, atmospheric space with a horseshoe bar, stool seating and beautiful lighting from some cool chandeliers. Secondly, the barman is great. Really knowledgeable about the wines. We tried a nice bottle of cava and the horchata which they make with tiger nuts and spike with alcohol - really very good. But the downside for us was the food. It really wasn't consistent. Good things we ordered were the Spanish cracklings - a moreish crunchy pork belly-like snack, the salt cod fritters and the cheese plates. Not so great things: the pig's ear salad. This was cold, gelatinous Russian salad minus the mayo with hard nuggets of pig's ear. If you are going to feature an unusual pig part on your menu, it's got to at least taste good (St John's restaurant in London is a lesson in successful 'nose to tail eating'). The sea urchin and prosciutto paninis suffered from being drenched inside with olive oil which just made them way too rich. The aubergine with honey was no more than the sum of its parts. The prawns in garlic were good but no different to the prawns in garlic you would get in any average tapas joint. I'd go back for a glass of cava after work and some of the cracklings but I would skip EQP for a whole meal, at least until they iron out the inconsistencies in the kitchen.
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