Popular Pipa has superbly maximized its ground-floor location at ABC Carpet & Home. Amid wooden tables, aged mirrors and heavy draperies presided over by twinkling chandeliers each with their own price tag (oh right, it’s a furniture store), feast on zesty tapas rooted in a few choice ingredients. Coca, a Catalan flatbread, is topped with tart artichokes and sobrasada, a paprika-kneaded Mallorcan sausage; sautéed spinach is studded with swollen golden raisins; and bright-red pimientos del piquillo (peppers shaped like “little beaks”) bulge with delicate crabmeat. After a pitcher of potent sangria, you’ll understand why “pipa” is Spanish slang for have a good time.
ABC Carpet & Home, 38 E 19th St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Park Ave South|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–11pm; Fri noon–midnight; Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 11am–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average small plate: $12. AmEx, MC, V|