Drinking a glass of wine and eating head-on prawns at Las Ramblas may temporarily make you forget where you are. Then you’ll see an NYU student stumble out of Down The Hatch after too many games of beer pong, and you’ll remember that you’re a block from Washington Square Park. Even still, this tiny spot is ideal for affordable drinks and tapas with a small group. Ask for a side of house bread, and dip it in the sauces after you finish your mussels or octopus.
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Galway Hooker is a multi-floor bar in the West Village with sports on TVs and Happy Hour until 8pm.
Buvette is a French restaurant in the West Village that’s great for a date or a really good breakfast. Just be aware that it can get pretty cramped.
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Leña is a sit-down Spanish spot that focuses on dishes cooked over an open fire. It's inside Mercado Little Spain in Hudson Yards.
Sevilla is a Spanish tapas place in Greenwich Village where you’ll see servers in tuxedos carrying around pots of seafood to big groups.
Ernesto’s is a Basque-inspired restaurant on the Lower East Side where you’re going to want to hang out for a while.
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El Quinto Pino
This restaurant/wine bar in Chelsea from the folks who brought you Tia Pol and Txikito delivers solid authentic Spanish eats, wine, and sangria.
Tia Pol is a Chelsea tapas spot that’s a great move for early-in-the-game dates. Have some sangria and some small plates.
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