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The following is a list of all entries from the Tapas category.

Neyla, the Pretty, Pretty Name, with the Tasty, Tasty Tapas

courtesy of neyla.com

Neyla, a Mediterranean/tapas restaurant, was the spot of a holiday work party that I attended. Sorry New Yorkers, this one is in DC. Upon arrival, we were none too pleased to discover that our reservation for 15 people was somehow lost. Hungry, cold and disgruntled, the restaurant soon appeased us by putting together a last minute table.

Décor: Loved the long, sweeping lines of fabric that ran and swooped from the ceilings. Hated the bottle lights that were reminiscent of oversized Christmas tree lights.

Cocktails?: You can’t go wrong with smooth Patron shots, and while the Sinbad wasn’t very good, a mixture of tequila, pureed cilantro (I love cilantro and that is what swayed me) and OJ, their Cucumber Mojito was clean, refreshing and tasty. I should have had that all night.

How were the tapas you ask?: Delicious! And I’m not just saying that because I was starving and had two tequila shots and a cocktail before food even came. It really was a delicious dining experience. The Hummus was simple, but definitely yummy (see picture above, isn’t the presentation darling?). I kept asking for more bread to eat more of it. The Cheese Rolls, think fried spring rolls filled with feta, manchego and mint was wonderful. Luscious insides and light and crispy outsides. Why didn’t we get more of those again? Gambas a cilantro, shrimp with garlic, jalapeno, tomato and cilantro was flavorful. We also got a mixed grill platter of lamb, beef and chicken kabobs. None of the meat was tough, think tender and well seasoned. Lucky for me fashion girls don’t eat that much so I got more than my fair share of food. (I’ve heard on more than one occasion that I am the exception to the industry, lol.)

OK, so maybe everything sounds like it would come from a typical Mediterranean restaurant, but as all of us know, simple food that is executed well is a spectacular thing.

And as usual, whenever I finish writing up one of these posts, I will find my way to the fridge because of course…sigh…I am hungry again. I’m thinking I’m going to make a grilled brie sandwich with honey before I pass out for the night.

8 out of 10

Neyla
3206 N St NW, Washington 20007
(202) 333-6353

-Juice


Pipa is a Fantastic Tapas Bar to Dine at

courtesy of pipa-nyc.com

Pipa is a delicious and wonderfully visual experience. It is one of the best tapas restaurants I have been to in New York City and mixes an amazing sangria. It might even be the best sangria I have ever had. For dinner we dined on:

Baby chorizos dusted with sherry, chillies and olive oil-You can’t go wrong with chorizo
Crispy calamari with paprika aioli-We polished this off, the aioli was a perfect dipping sauce
Ham croquettes-Crispy on the outside, yummy on the inside
Blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon-There is so much flavor in these tiny bites
Mini paella-When I think of a good paella, I think of this one. Succulent seafood and a crusty bottom
Charcuterie-Good meat, good cheese, even the bread was tasty

Walking into Pipa is definitely a trip. Luxurious chandeliers cover the ceilings (literally, cover as much of the ceiling as they can) and even have price tags on them. Don’t forget, Pipa is owned by ABC Home and Carpet so it’s a little gimmicky, but still very pretty. The one problem that I had was that it was a very crowded restaurant and hard to maneuver around people. Even getting out of my chair was difficult because of the tight squeeze. Definitely make a reservation if you plan on going!

8 out of 10

-Juice

Pipa
38 East 19th St
Between Broadway & Park Ave S