Try Xicala. It’s been around awhile, occuping a closet-sized space between a dry cleaner and a giant construction site on Elizabeth Street. I live in the neighborhood and every time I walk by, am amazed not just by its staying power, but how jammed it can get, especially when they squeeze in a live band three nights a week.
They’ve got a pleasing little list of tapas- we tried the garlic shrimp, white bean stew, and sauteed mushrooms- that complements the tightly edited list of wines and some delicious sangria. It’s a perfect spot to go on the first date, the third date, or if you’re like me, with your girlfriends.
Xicala, 151 Elizabeth St between Broome and Kenmare Sts. For more info, visit nymag.com here.
A Cuban trio performs Tues-Wed from 9PM-12AM.