While the Parisian bistro has been repeatedly and reliably cloned, an equally charismatic European eatery has successfully resisted New York knockoffs—the Spanish tapas bar. Our best examples, like Rio Mar, are paella parlors that date from a much earlier era, offering a handful of tapas as an afterthought. Now Taperia Madrid presents itself among the rabble of eateries on upper Second Avenue, and wants to be your favorite tapas bar. The front is a mass of painted tiles that look faded from centuries of harsh sunlight, and there's a winning naïveté to the misspelling of the establishment's name on the facade. Predictably, the interior is crowded with bullfight posters, and the dark-eyed waitresses may indeed be Spanish, though the chattering, chain-smoking singles who squirm on the bar stools are pure... More >>>