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Summer means sangria and tapas at this West Village haven

By Jasmine Moy

Once a place to see and be seen, Seamus Mullen’s ode to Spain has matured into the sort of spot that perfectly mirrors the chic comfort of the surrounding neighborhood. Gone are the three-hour waits—now you can slip in off Sixth Avenue on a sultry August day and easily snag a stool in front of bartenders who remember your name and know to put in your order of pan con tomate before you even have to ask. This is the kind of restaurant you want to be in a long-term relationship with.

That pan is an addictive one, the crunchy edges giving way to a spread of tomato and garlic pooling in the interior’s pillowy nooks. It’s the sort of small, perfect tapa that might bring you back in multiple times in a single week.

To cool you off a bit, the house sangria is simply the perfect refreshment on a late summer day. Sip it as you dig into the buttery soft potato nestled into the egg-y wedge of a Spanish tortilla—another dish you’re likely to start craving on a weekly basis.
Maybe the bartender starts pre-ordering you the ensalada de lechugas, too, since you can’t seem to leave without dipping into these market greens laced with avocado and crisp cucumber. Maybe your actual significant other is starting to get jealous? Bring them along and up the ante with decadent slivers of Iberico ham laid atop your usual pan.

If you’re serious about taking both relationships to the next level, go for Mullen’s paella for two. With a generous layer of crunchy rice socarrat waiting to be discovered underneath a more veggie-centric version of the Spanish regional dish, this is a classic that inspires true devotion. Then you can drift back out into the cooling evening air, light on your feet with the perfect late summer love buzz.

hours

Dinner: Sun–Thu 5:30 PM–11 PM; Fri–Sat 5:30 PM–midnight
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 AM–3 PM
Brunch: Sat–Sun 11:30 AM–3:30 PM

price range

$8 (pan con tomate) to $23 (arroz a la plancha)
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