Out to C
by Julie Besonen, 04/23/2014
Photo: Rodin Banica
56 Ave. C, 212-777-2277, East Village, Manhattan
Bikinis, a Barcelona-style tapas bar, does not suggest a dress code, though the walls hold several vintage images of women in bikinis. Owners Karina Correa and Petrit Pula named this cute, pastel-colored diner for the triangle-cut, pressed ham and cheese sandwiches popular in Catalonian nightclubs. The concept is about bar food that matches well with sangria and Spanish wine. Look for creamy, crisp, free-range chicken croquettes, blistered shishito peppers with sea salt, and macaroni baked with cheddar, provolone and manchego. At night the narrow space is a tight squeeze, jammed with regulars. An easygoing charm prevails at brunch, featuring well-executed café cortado and delicious eggs florentine layered with organic baby spinach and serrano ham.