Bar Carrera

175 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003


  • Daily 5pm-2am
  • $$
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Accepted
This little East Village wine bar, owned by the people behind Bar Veloce next door, specializes in Spanish tapas and Basque pinxtos. The well-edited wine list, which hovers around 30 bottles, highlights wines from the Basque region; if you really want to get into the spirit, ask for a porron, a glass pitcher with a long, thin neck mean to be tipped directly into your mouth. Strawberry and cucumber sangria, Spanish beer and a small selection of sherries round out the drink offerings. Unlike a lot of so-called tapas places, this little bar is truly about having a few small bites with your drinks, not assembling a full meal. All of the food is prepared behind the hefty stone bar and is relatively affordable, including white anchovies, Serrano ham and Manchego cheese on toasted brioche, and wild shrimp sautéed in garlic and white wine. The vibe is casual, with sleek metal chairs, rows of wine bottles and photos of bullfights, although things get rowdier as the night progresses.—Keith Wagstaff


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