It was on our first trip to Spain when we were introduced to the meaning of "Tapéo"; we were hopping between different Tapas bars every night; mingling and meeting different people from all lifestyles; having great conversations and sharing life experiences with total strangers…
All this while having great "Tapas" that always came out at the right time to compliment yet another amazing glass of red Rioja…
It was then, it is now, and will always be about having fun, feeling good, and being surrounded by good…
That is what captured our hearts, and these are the memories that will stay with us forever…
It is our philosophy about the dining experience that had led us to open Tapéo29. We really wanted to make it a culinary, social and a cultural experience that will transcend our patrons into a different mood. Tapéo29 is a Spanish Tapas\Wine bar, we opened in one of the most happening and diverse neighborhoods of NYC today: The Lower East Side. Located right on Clinton St, the warm décor and the accompanying Spanish pop and flamenco music create this free spirit, fun, friendly, social, yet intimate, romantic and cozy atmosphere. Tapéo29 offers an eclectic menu that cherishes the tradition of Tapéo, Tapas and the Spanish kitchen. Keeping this in mind, and sticking to the core value of “Good simple flavorful food” we decided to leave some creative freedom that would reflect the NYC palate and pace. The extensive wine list from Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, and many others was hand picked to pair with our food to provide a true culinary, social, enriching, one of a kind experience.
We hope you have the best time ever.“Tapéo”
The Tapéo tradition is a way of life in Spain, it establishes the rhythm of
the day and night. It encourages social interaction and a particular way of
relating to people. Its origin goes back to antiquity and is rooted in the
association of food, drink and hospitality.
Tapéo is used to describe the Spaniard’s tradition of going out to a Tapas bar with friends to mingle and meet people from all walks of life. Some regions of Spain will also include a “hopping” approach and hop from bar to bar throughout the day or night to maximize on the conversations and the endless selection of wine and Tapas. Are you Tapéo?
Tapa means "lid" or "cover" in Spanish. A popular explanation says that the king Alfonso XII stopped by a famous venta (inn) in Cádiz (Andalusian city) where he ordered a cup of sherry. The waiter covered the glass with a slice of cured ham before offering it to the king to protect the wine from the beach sand and insects. The king, after drinking his wine and eating the tapa, ordered another sherry "with the same cover". From there on the king order was that every inn must server a tapa with their sherry. These days Tapas has evolved, it can be served as an appetizer, or in place of lunch or dinner, hot or cold.