new york city foodsteps
On a Sunday like a Friday, mollifying our Monday blues with Spanish rhythm and refreshments at this enchanting antique castle looking place.
We had a light lunch, munched on the fries and dips from Pommes Frites, had a coffee, cappuccino and chai latte and were hungry by 6:30. At least, I was. S had heard that there were good tapas places around Union Square, so we decided going to Pipa – which we walked by, on our way and liked and the yelped reviews confirmed that. Our experience there did too.
We did not have any reservations, so our host decided to seat us at one of the tables at around 6:30 on the condition that we would get up by 8:00. We asked him to seat us on the more fun communal table instead, which he did. No time restrictions made S super happy and we decided to spend quite some time there.
We kick-started the Sunday evening at Pipa with a very fresh and refreshing mojito, a classic margarita and the always reliable sambuca.
So many chandeliers yet not that bright. A brick wall look, yet majestic. It is a fabulous décor by ABC Home. The chandeliers are for sale, with price tags hanging. Isn’t it a great way of marketing?
We began with Bolas de Queso – goat cheese and pepper croquetas over a white wine dipping sauce. The sauce was light and creamy and smooth, more like a richly curated mayonnaise. The sauce was delicious. And I’ve developed a liking for goat cheese. It is very soft and seems fresh, and has got a nice velvety texture to it. They were well fried to a nice shade of golden brown with just the perfect amount of wine sauce to go with it. They were really small bites. I would highly recommend you to try it.
Next up was a Catalan bread vegetable pizza style bread(coca). After the last couple of successful tries of flatbread pizzas with goat cheese, we decided to go for it. The crust was not as thin as I expected it to be, and the just had small dollops of goat cheese on the top of the generously spread vegetables. They could have done with some more cheese and a thinner crust that was crisp enough. Fairly decent, but I guess our expectations were higher, especially after the gourmet cheese fries.
We were now on our second round of drinks – we repeated our earlier orders. The place was not crowded when we first got in, but began to be full around 7:30. The crowd was a good mix of young and old; casually dressed to classy dressed. A few couples who danced amazingly well to the live music.
The last for me was Catalan spinach – organic spinach sautéed in olive oil, with figs. This was something we could have skipped. For some reason, I read that as pureed instead of organic and I thought spinach would just be an enhancing flavor and not the main dish. Not that it was not good, but, I could have done with eating something less healthy and tastier
The husband and S got a chicken dish between them. I guess they liked it, but could not tell the chicken from it
We were pretty full by the end, even if it was not a lot – not for me at least. The alcohol had kicked. We decided to go for the flourless molten chocolate cake, which was very soft, not flowing but a definite try. It was very light. S and I washed it down with grappa moscato (and we bottoms-upped it).
Pipa is Spanish slang for having a good time, which we did. By the time we got home, in time, we were ‘happy’ and glad that we did not go for another round of alcohol. It was a happier Monday after a well spent Sunday