Barca 18

Autumn Heat

Tapas on Park Ave South

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On any given day, Park Avenue South is full of attractive PR girls running back and forth for their meetings (and your viewing pleasure). But until recently, the area hasn't had many spots that match the sex appeal of its inhabitants. Fortunately, restaurateur Steve Hanson (founder of the B.R. Guest family of restaurants) and famed chef Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin) have partnered up to re-open the old Park Avalon space as a much sultrier spot.

Excessive Eye Candy
Barça 18 (bar-sa 18), which officially opens tomorrow night, may not have been created as a place for these girls to mingle. But it's a natural fit: opening a seductive Spanish restaurant here pretty much guarantees excessive eye candy and an amorous mood. Socializing is encouraged by the communal tables near the bar; for more intimate interactions ask for the private booths that line the periphery of the restaurant. Design touches like the metal chain curtains and leather tablecloths could easily bring out the hidden dominatrix in some diners.

Spanish with a Twist
The menu offers entrees like braised octopus with jamon, extra virgin olive oil, chives, lemon and sweet pepper confit. Naturally, there's also an array of tapas, and you can wash it all down with one of the many signature drinks, like the Beguda de Pobre (orange flavored vodka, blood orange, rose and anis); Spanish wine and sangria round out the intoxicants nicely.

Self Promote

Given Barça 18's atmosphere and the neighborhood's natural...resources...it's not hard to imagine there'll be more than a few guys trying to procure "relations" with the public here.

Vitals

Barca 18
225 Park Ave S.
(between 18th and 19th)
Gramercy
New York, NY 10003
212-533-2500
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