You’re standing on line at ABC Carpet & Home.
Your feet ache, you’re parched, the couple next to you is arguing over which set of flatware to register for, and if you see another down comforter or crystal tchotchke you may well vomit.
Good news: Today Pipa opens in the spot that was the Parlour Cafe, and that means tapas and wine, not some foccacia hero and a lukewarm cappucino.
Intrepid shoppers, you are in good hands. Douglas Rodriguez (the man behind Patria and Chicama) is at the helm, and the menu features loads of seafood; Piquillos with crab and shrimp for example, as well as many other Spanish delicacies. Expect a slamming wine list (the largest selection of Spanish wines in New York City), and decor that features seashells embedded in the walls, a stone fountain, clusters of chandeliers…
Go. Have fun (that’s what Pipa means in Spanish).
Just try not to get any schmutz on the virgin white Frette linens you just spent a fortune on.