I love a sexy wine bar that isn’t afraid to serve up some serious meat for those in need of a little something with their glass of Tempranillo. That’s why I’ve had an ongoing love affair with Bar Carrera, a Spanish-inspired spot from wine bar specialist Frederick Twomey. The first spot, in the East Village, was a winner from the start, which explains why Frederick took the concept west, to Greenwich Village. I went recently with two friends for a low-key evening, some tasty bites and an easy buzz. A great glass of red is only $8, and the tapas are excellent- grassy olives, serrano ham sandwiches on baby brioche, and my favorite, the chorizo bocadillo. The chorizo bocadillo is the Spaniard’s answer to a good old-fashioned ballpark sausage sandwich, and it’s so much better.
Bar Carrera: 175 Second at 11th St in East Village AND new location at 146 W. Houston St.
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