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Posted by fiore on 10/22/2005
We went after reading the positive reviews in this page. It was a disappointment. The food is mediocre, the service is poor and the place is so tacky. Virtually everything in the restaurant is for sale. You eat and the price tag of the chandelier swings in front of your face. Not worth the money.
Posted by AnnieW on 09/19/2005
Had a guest in town and wanted a fun, distinct NYC dining experience. From the moment we walked in, I knew my guest was impressed. The restaurant was dark and intimate but bustling with activity. The tables are very close together, but we actually enjoyed that. It felt very European and allowed us to scope out what others were eating! The decor is very fun and ecclectic, with ornate mirrors on the walls and gorgeous chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The wine was spectacular and our food was delicious. We each started with a soup (chowder and lentil, yum), then ordered a variety of tapas. The shrimp and garlic dish was awesome - very flavorful and lots of shrimp. My guest raved about the piggy back dates and his calamari. The Papa Rellena contained delicious jumbo lump crab meat, although the potato casing tasted a bit like instant mashed potatoes. Unfortunately our server was too aloof but the bus boys kept our waters filled and our empty plates cleared. The restaurant was loud but it gave the place a fun vibe - I'd recommend it if you're trying to satisfy eating and "a night out" with one spot. We went on a Wed. night and it was really crowded, can't imagine what the weekends are like. I'll definitely be back to Pipa.
Posted by Abby on 08/26/2005
I have been here a million times. Always a good time. Get the pineapple mojito, sangria (EAT THE FRUIT) and the calamari. I'm not a fan of the mini pizza things, but everything else is amazing.
Posted by CBC on 07/18/2005
This is the best Catalonian restaurant in USA. A piece of Barceloneta, the former fishermen neighborhood in Barcelona. With their traditional tapas, as "Bomba" potato stuffed with meat (here with shrimp, much better). Two thumbs up!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/08/2005
We went with another couple last week, and the food was terrific. We sat outside, and I would recommend waiting for an outdoor table if you would like to talk to your friends - very noisy indoors!! They had a paella with seafood which looked great, I loved the scallops, potatos, 'pizza' and all of the other goodies we ordered from the small plates menu - turned out to be quite an expensive night! - sangria was great too.
Posted by Sirmione02 on 05/03/2005
The only reason this place is survives is because of people like me who are lured by the pretty chandeliers and uber-romantic decor. The food is mediocre and over priced. The service? Not good. We got the wrong food, at the wrong time, with the wrong attitude. For atmosphere, just go shopping at ABC - it's the same stuff on the walls and the cashier generally smiles when she takes your money.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/07/2005
Enjoyed the tapas, especially the little meatballs. The salmon was tasty; I particularly enjoyed the lightly cooked kale accompanying the fish. The entertainment on Monday night is really good: excellent trio of guitar, singer and dancer.