You hear that?
That’s the sound of a new Spanish tapas bar opening up on the water.
And if you listen even closer, you can hear the sound of your next date getting all giddy about it...
Give a warm, breezy welcome to Coqueta, a waterfront Spanish restaurant and tapas bar with a serious thing for Rioja, house-cured jamón serrano and bull hides that double as rugs, opening Saturday at Pier 5.
Yeah, so this’ll be a good date spot. Or a good place to drink sherry and get in the America’s Cup mix. Just use it as you please. That’s what it’s there for.
Put something linen on and walk in like you own the place. Take in those exposed wooden beams and bull hides and warehouse windows looking out onto the bay. Nod your approval and start ordering liquid-nitrogen sangrias and Galleons (gin, acorn-apricot tonic, Spanish bitters...).
At which point, you’ve got options. Settling in at the marble counter overlooking the kitchen and working your way through 27 tapas like ibérico de bellota pork shoulder: definitely one of them.
But then there’s that bar. It used to be a patio when this place was Lafitte. Now it’s just a great place to see what the Bay Bridge is up to and ply your trade over braised oxtail paella and 180 bottles of wine.
Minus probably 178 of them.