This tapas-style menu is ideal for sharing (though we can't promise that we will), and with bright decor, a cheery atmosphere and indulgent dishes, it feels like perpetual summer in here.Beaches, fresh air, and a whole lotta summertime sun… this East Village spot has us in the mood for basking in the rays. For while the seasons may change in New York, BIKINIS is a year-round reprieve from the chilly city outside. The place is a bright update on the hallowed, wood-laden tapas bars of old — the orange countertops, retro chairs and blue-and-white tile make us feel that much closer to the sand and waves. So, go ahead, kick back from some rich Spanish flavors, right alongside an atmosphere that's equal parts fun and relaxation.
The tapas-style menu is ideal for sharing (though we can't promise that we will), preferably over a Sangria or any of the curated Spanish wines (we're partial to the rose cava ourselves). The Fuet (an expertly cured and dried Spanish sausage served with juicy manzanilla olives) and Xistorra (a trio of Basque-style sausages pinned atop toasted slices of baguette with shishito peppers) are great plates to start with. Of course, the crispy Calamares and Jámon Serrano make tasty, traditional additions to any tapas-sharing party. The restaurant's namesake makes a mighty fine lunch, too: bikinis, or pressed ham and cheese sandwiches, originated from Barcelona and make a reappearance here with the Don Quixote. Made with layers of 18-month cured jámon serrano and manchego cheese, it's served up on tomato-rubbed, gluten-free toasted bread with manzanilla olives stuffed with anchovies on the side. We're okay with this. Grab a cold, foamy glass of that Estrella Damm and cheers, to a year-long summertime.
Pollo Catalán, $14
Sol de Jámon i Queso, $8
Don Quixote, $9
Tuesday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.