Spain in NYC: Tapas at El Quinto Pino Tantalize the Taste Buds a Little at a Time

Who To Take: Your friend who’s dying for a taste of Spain or a small group to share an assortment of delicious bites

During a heat spell in NYC, we headed over to El Quinto Pino, thinking small bites were our best dinner option. We reveled in the assortment of classic Spanish tapas offerings mixed with some original flavor combos, and the high quality of the ingredients. To start the cooling off process, we opted for the watermelon and tomato salad, which turned out to be so incredibly delicious, we got another order. Sticking with tradition, we sampled the Gambas al Ajillo, garlic shrimp, ginger, and a kick of jalapeño, and the Tortilla Española, the classic egg & potato layered omelet. Both were extraordinary examples of these simple dishes. Leaning to the more experimental side of the menu were the Tortillita de Gamba, Andalucian shrimp and chickpea wafers. Our favorite dishes, both times we went, were the Bocadillos, which are sandwiches supreme! Seen in the photos is the Bocadillo de Calamar, a flash-fried squid po’ boy, with spicy aioli, and lettuce and tomato. They have a great selection of daily specials as well. Service was super friendly and relaxed.

El Quinto Pino, 401 w 24th St (btw 9th/10th Aves); squeeze in at the bar area for a quick bite or make a reservation for a table in the back for a more relaxed dinner