Alexandra Raij's third restaurant in Chelsea, where she first made a splash in 2004 with Tia Pol
and later with El Quinto Pino
, has made a name for herself in creating excellent tapas and a terrific atmosphere. After establishing Piquillo
at JetBlue's sexy Terminal 5
, her handsome 34-seat restaurant gets its moniker from a Basque reference to a smallish serving of wine. Little wonder that the offerings on the wine list here are solely from the Basque region. And moreover, it's just around the corner from her El Quinto Pino, making this little corner of Chelsea almost as Basque-ified as Elko in Nevada. Insider tip: the seafood specials are out of this world.