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Oliva

East Village
With a salsa Cubano band playing most nights of the week, this spirited sangria-and-tapas eatery often gets as loud as the corner of Houston and Allen outside. Oliva primarily peddles traditional tapas, from a fat wedge of tortilla de patatas (potato omelette) and warm, ham-flecked croquettes to plump olives. A few Basque-tinged bites are also on offer: The tastiest is the txangurro, crab bulging with tarragon and a dash of cognac. Just as intriguing is the sweet-meets-savory slender endive fitted with a walnut smeared in cabrales, Spain’s blue cheese, and a squiggle of caramel. The buzzy, tightly packed room is lined with wooden tables spray-painted with images of red bulls. !Ole!
Venue name: Oliva
Contact:
Address: 161 E Houston St
New York
10002
Cross street: at Allen St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5:30pm–midnight; Fri 5:30pm–1am; Sat, Sun 11am–1am
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $16. Average tapas: $8. AmEx, MC, V
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