El Quinto Pino: Sand Eels for Your Tongue

A great Chelsea tapas spot gets even better

But the place is fun, and spirited—ably channeling the convivial, freewheeling heart of Spanish tapas. One night, our group ate hunks of bread rubbed with tomato, garlic, and anchovies from the newly reopened Bay of Biscay fishery, a very traditional snack. We followed it with that brilliant sea urchin panini. I drank a celery-sherry cocktail—and who knows where that came from? El Quinto Pino has never been bound to custom, and that's what might make it your most authentic neighborhood tapas joint.

Your date might also enjoy the fried lamb intestines.
Amelia Beamish
Your date might also enjoy the fried lamb intestines.

sdigregorio@villagevoice.com

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