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56 Avenue C (E. 4th St.) Send to Phone
An homage to the bikini, the sandwich.

Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Fri.-Sun.

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: Begun by a former fashion designer, diminutive Bikinis is an homage to a Catalan sandwich. The bikini --- the sandwich, not the swimwear --- was created in the 1950s in Barcelona and is something of a Catalan take on the croque monsieur. There are five different types at this Avenue C eatery, the best one being the Don Quixote, a mix of Serrano ham and manchego that’s grilled. Not in the mood for a bikini? There are also plenty of tapas --- decent patatas bravas, crispy chicken croquettes --- and bigger, heartier dishes as well. The “mac con queso” is a fun Spanish interpretation of mac ‘n’ cheese (it incorporates Serrano ham and manchego) and the beef and pork meatballs are addictive. Follow it with a caramel flan or a glass of Estrella or Moritz, two very good Spanish beers.
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