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Bikinis Brings Tapas, Sandwiches and Churros to Avenue C

Photos: Alexa Mae Asperin

After riding out a wave of opposition in March, Bikinis Eatery will open its doors this Saturday.

The tapas bar on Avenue C isn’t selling two-piece swimsuits; it specializes in the Spanish sandwiches of the same name. According to co-owner Karina Correa, good ones are hard to find in the city, so she’s aiming to “marry both Spanish and American flavors” via menu items like the classic jamon y queso (ham and cheese), a “Gordito” (pastrami, turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mayo) and vegetarian options like a smoky portobello blend and a tomato baguette with sea salt and Spanish olive oil.

Ms. Correa, a former manager at Cafe Gitane in Nolita who spent four years in Spain, said she and her business partner, Petrit Pula, who has lived in Madrid, favored the simple tapas found at Spanish corner cafes over Manhattan restaurants that were “too sophisticated both in concept and price.” They envisioned a relaxed, casual place where one can eat three times a day, as is common in Spain. Read more…

At Churreria, You Can Now Score Wine, Beer, and Free Churros All Day Long

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We interrupt your morning for an important announcement: Churreria, the sleek sliver of a Spanish cafe just below Houston Street on Mulberry, is now offering its free-churro deal all day long. Normally the deal would’ve wrapped up right around this time of day, but you can now score two authentic Spanish-style fried dough sticks (skinny, crisp, and lightly dusted with sugar instead of that cinnamon silliness) with every purchase of a cortado or any other coffee drink, any time the place is open (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday).

As if that isn’t exciting enough, Churreria has also started serving wine and beer. Check out the lineup here.

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