It’s always nice to know about a few spots that still feel like New York 50 years ago, even if you weren’t here 50 years ago. Spain in the West Village is one of those places. The grumpy, 80-year-old Spanish bartenders who pour sangria all night and give out free tapas - yes, free tapas - are the same people who opened the bar/restaurant in 1966. Post up with your friends in the small front bar, order some Spanish beers, and patiently wait for patatas bravas, mini meatballs in a delicious tomato sauce, or whatever else the kitchen decides to send out.
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