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Pipa - 237 Reviews - 38 E 19th St, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 677-2233

Pipa

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38 E 19th St (at Between Broadway and Park Avenue S)
New York, NY 10003
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(212) 677-2233
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Best

Every single tapas dish that we had, from the octopus to the assorted meats and cheeses plate, to the absolutely delectable shrimp in white wine and butter sauce, was above perfec...

Worst

Food was fine, and the place is pretty cool, but the waitstaff was slow and pretty clueless. Worst of all was the rude bartender. Ordered a $9 rioja from the WInes by the Glass me...

Editorial review from Citysearch 11/5/2012

Love this restaurant ! so good! more

Best Spanish Tapas I've EVER had 6/14/2010

Every single tapas dish that we had, from the octopus to the assorted meats and cheeses plate, to the absolutely delectable shrimp in white wine and butter sauce, was above perfect. They sell chandeliers from the store next door, which are lit and on display for potential buyers as well. I highly, highly recommend this place and can't say enough about it. Pros: Gorgeous decor, food, excellent service Cons: Price, if you care. more

Best Spanish Tapas I've EVER had 6/14/2010

Every single tapas dish that we had, from the octopus to the assorted meats and cheeses plate, to the absolutely delectable shrimp in white wine and butter sauce, was above perfect. They sell chandeliers from the store next door, which are lit and on display for potential buyers as well. I highly, highly recommend this place and can't say enough about it. Pros: Gorgeous decor, food, excellent service Cons: Price, if you care. more

Good Food but was the sangria just fruit juice? 1/19/2010

The chandeliers are cute but after a while it seems weird that there are so many. The food was good however they need to relax on the garlic. Good thing I went for Brunch… We ordered the pitcher of sangria which between the two of us we had 3 glasses each. I would normally be a little buzzed off of 3 glasses of sangria but I did not feel a thing. At the end of the meal the waiter just placed the check in between us and didn’t even ask us if we wanted anything else… Drink? Dessert? The place was empty and it wasn’t like people were waiting for our seat. I would have ordered a marg! Overall I am glad I went but I would not go again. Just felt like I was at my grandparents house and not out in NYC. Pros: Mushrooms/ sausages Cons: Very greasy & too much garlic more

Good Food but was the sangria just fruit juice? 1/19/2010

The chandeliers are cute but after a while it seems weird that there are so many. The food was good however they need to relax on the garlic. Good thing I went for Brunch? We ordered the pitcher of sangria which between the two of us we had 3 glasses each. I would normally be a little buzzed off of 3 glasses of sangria but I did not feel a thing. At the end of the meal the waiter just placed the check in between us and didn?t even ask us if we wanted anything else? Drink? Dessert? The place was empty and it wasn?t like people were waiting for our seat. I would have ordered a marg! Overall I am glad I went but I would not go again. Just felt like I was at my grandparents house and not out in NYC. Pros: Mushrooms/ sausages Cons: Very greasy & too much garlic more

Nice experience but not rushing back 1/2/2010

We went to Pipa last night with another couple. Our table was ready promptly for our 7pm reservation. Early by city standards. The place was packed when we left around 9:00. The restaurant is truly gorgeous. The seating is tight but that doesn't really bother me. I felt that the service was good. Not overly friendly, but whatever. I don't need my waiter to be my best bud. He was attentive and brought our food out consistently. The reason why I will not be rushing back is because I felt the food was just ok. Yes, certain dishes were very good such as the Hongo Flat Bread and the Piggy Back Dates. But I've had better elsewhere. The calamari which I had heard so many good things about was grossly oversalted and greasy. The cheese plate was tasty but it's kind of difficult to mess up cheese. The sangria was ok. Too sweet for my taste. I will say that we were pleasantly surprised when we got the bill - 1 pitcher of sangria, 2 beers, and 9 tapas later our bill was only $145!!! That is a steal for a nice dinner out in NYC. While I enjoyed my evening I feel like there are far better restaurants in the city to spend a night at. Pros: beautiful restaurant Cons: food was just ok more

Nice experience but not rushing back 1/2/2010

We went to Pipa last night with another couple. Our table was ready promptly for our 7pm reservation. Early by city standards. The place was packed when we left around 9:00. The restaurant is truly gorgeous. The seating is tight but that doesn't really bother me. I felt that the service was good. Not overly friendly, but whatever. I don't need my waiter to be my best bud. He was attentive and brought our food out consistently. The reason why I will not be rushing back is because I felt the food was just ok. Yes, certain dishes were very good such as the Hongo Flat Bread and the Piggy Back Dates. But I've had better elsewhere. The calamari which I had heard so many good things about was grossly oversalted and greasy. The cheese plate was tasty but it's kind of difficult to mess up cheese. The sangria was ok. Too sweet for my taste. I will say that we were pleasantly surprised when we got the bill - 1 pitcher of sangria, 2 beers, and 9 tapas later our bill was only $145!!! That is a steal for a nice dinner out in NYC. While I enjoyed my evening I feel like there are far better restaurants in the city to spend a night at. Pros: beautiful restaurant Cons: food was just ok more

Amazing tapas 11/23/2009

If you are looking for delicious tapas, Pipa is the place to go. I orgered about 9 different plates with my aunt and not one was a dissapointent. We wished the plates kept coming and coming but our waistbands were tight and of course with tapas, like sushi - you order a bunch of things and then it ads up at the end. It's a bit loud, service was slow but it was totally worth it i would 100% go back! Pros: variety, atmosphere, sangria Cons: small plates add up to one big bill more

Amazing tapas 11/23/2009

If you are looking for delicious tapas, Pipa is the place to go. I orgered about 9 different plates with my aunt and not one was a dissapointent. We wished the plates kept coming and coming but our waistbands were tight and of course with tapas, like sushi - you order a bunch of things and then it ads up at the end. Pros: variety, atmosphere, sangria Cons: small plates add up to one big bill more

Good Outing 9/9/2009

The mood at Pipa was warm and casual. The variety and the quality of the Tapas menu was very good. The service was good, however it would have been more pleasurable if the servers smiled and had been a little more attentive at the beginning of our meal. They had live flamenco music and a dancer. They were entertaining but it was difficult to talk when they were performing. However, their short sets allowed diners to pay attention to them for a few minutes and then return to their table conversations. I think if they worked on the acoustics that would have provided a better ambience. Overall, I enjoyed my meal at Pipa and would recommend it to my friends. more

Good Outing 9/9/2009

The mood at Pipa was warm and casual. The variety and the quality of the Tapas menu was very good. The service was good, however it would have been more pleasurable if the servers smiled and had been a little more attentive at the beginning of our meal. They had live flamenco music and a dancer. They were entertaining but it was difficult to talk when they were performing. However, their short sets allowed diners to pay attention to them for a few minutes and then return to their table conversations. I think if they worked on the acoustics that would have provided a better ambience. Overall, I enjoyed my meal at Pipa and would recommend it to my friends. more

I love this place. 7/21/2009

Absolutely fantastic, I love this place. Live Flamenco every Monday night. Pros: great food and atmosphere Cons: price more

I love this place. 7/21/2009

Absolutely fantastic, I love this place. Live Flamenco every Monday night. Pros: great food and atmosphere Cons: price more

Fun Tapas 4/24/2009

Favorite place for Tapas. Love all the chandeliers in the restaurant, it's always fun picking out which one you wish you had the money to buy. The food is outstanding! Stuffed Piquillos, Calamari (amazing!), scallops, shrimp, patatas la brava, crab croquettes. Calamari by far the best though. Sit long enough and the manager may just buy you a pitcher of sangria to get you to move to the bar. haha Pros: atmosphere, location, food more

Fun Tapas 4/24/2009

Favorite place for Tapas. Love all the chandeliers in the restaurant, it's always fun picking out which one you wish you had the money to buy. The food is outstanding! Stuffed Piquillos, Calamari (amazing!), scallops, shrimp, patatas la brava, crab croquettes. Calamari by far the best though. Sit long enough and the manager may just buy you a pitcher of sangria to get you to move to the bar. haha Pros: atmosphere, location, food more

Out of this world food and drink 3/22/2009

I had dinner at Pipa on Sat night for my girlfriend's birthday. There were 6 of us girls and we ordered a bunch a tapas plates. Let me just say that EVERYTHING was scrumptuous. Everything had a robust, unique taste; most things simply were melt-in-your-mouth amazing. If you go, you must try the Veggie flatbread, the calamari (best calamari I've ever had, hands-down), the wild mushrooms, at least one three-cheese plate, and for dessert, the Bomba de Chocolate. You MUST have the sangria as well. It is phenomenal. The best part besides the food? Totally reasonable prices. It came out to about $50 a person for everything, 3 pitchers of sangria included! I've never spent so little on such a fantastic meal. Another cool thing is that because it's tapas, you can order a bunch of plates, and if you're still hugnry or want to try something else after you've started eating, you can keep ordering and the food keeps coming, in a timely matter no less. The waitstaff was attentive without being obtrussive. The ambience is great. It's dark, beatiful, and cozy. My only other recommendation is to make a reservation and make it a few days in advance if you want a prime time. It was so crowded, I can't imagine getting a seat if you're just walking in off the street. Pipa is definitely worth your time and energy! Pros: Amazing, flavorful, inventive food; awesome sangria Cons: can't think of one! more

Out of this world food and drink 3/22/2009

I had dinner at Pipa on Sat night for my girlfriend's birthday. There were 6 of us girls and we ordered a bunch a tapas plates. Let me just say that EVERYTHING was scrumptuous. Everything had a robust, unique taste; most things simply were melt-in-your-mouth amazing. If you go, you must try the Veggie flatbread, the calamari (best calamari I've ever had, hands-down), the wild mushrooms, at least one three-cheese plate, and for dessert, the Bomba de Chocolate. You MUST have the sangria as well. It is phenomenal. The best part besides the food? Totally reasonable prices. It came out to about $50 a person for everything, 3 pitchers of sangria included! I've never spent so little on such a fantastic meal. Pros: Amazing, flavorful, inventive food; awesome sangria Cons: can't think of one! more

Ambiance abounds... 3/5/2009

I love this restaurant for it's fabulous ambiance, delicious food and the sangria, oh the sangria. I eat here 2x per month and work for a very high end luxury fashion company - book lots of reservations here for our ""C"" levels...they love it too... Pros: Great food, great ambience... Cons: Rude employees more

Ambiance abounds... 3/5/2009

I love this restaurant for it's fabulous ambiance, delicious food and the sangria, oh the sangria. I eat here 2x per month and work for a very high end luxury fashion company - book lots of reservations here for our "C" levels...they love it too... Except - I just called to make a reservation and they didn't have anything available so I was trying to talk to the "host" about options and he was soooooo rude - in fact, he hung up on me before I was finished speaking. Guess he's too busy to care about customers since they are so booked up. If the owners or anyone of significance reads this, try to talk to your people about being rude on the phone - you never know who you're speaking to... ; ) Pros: Great food, great ambience... Cons: Rude employees more

Great Date Spot 1/18/2009

With Tapas on my mind i looked for a quick fix to my craving in the Union Square area. A quick search later i found Pipa, a rustic bohemian meets grand ballroom feel with tasty and reasonably priced fare for all. The chandeliers and unfinished ceilings make the feel both comforting but still high end. The staff was attentive and courteous. My favorite was the shrimp tapas. Making an online reservation was totally convenient and the prices were totally reasonable. I impressed my date and felt like a savvy new yorker. Take a chance and check out Pipa. Pros: ambience, price, food, service more
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Owner Message

  • Pipa is Spanish slang for having a good time and the people of New York are doing just that at Pipa Tapas y Mas. Innovative tapas, flavorful sangria and specialty cocktails, a bustling bar scene, great music and countless chandeliers set the scene at this enchanting location.

Editorial

  • The Scene
    Inside, the restaurant feels almost tent-like. Entering the candle-filled space is like opening the doors on a gypsy hideaway.

    The Food
    The traditional and interpretive tapas throw a sharp focus on the definitive themes of Spanish cuisine. Few styles of cooking place such an importance on texture--baby eels in a sizzling slick of oil, for example, is nudged just a shade away from pasta by the crackle of tiny bones under your teeth. Garlic is another constant, with its fascinating range of application throughout a meal--from subtle background agent to aggressive palate-prickler.

  • 3/12/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 12pm-11pm Fri 12pm-12am Sat 11am-12am Sun 11am-10:30pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Flatiron District, Midtown
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