You never know if tapas are actually going to be a good deal, so I was a bit apprehensive before visiting Tia Pol for the first time. Turns out that my fears were unwarranted. And the pig's ears would have been worth double what I paid.
Whether Basque chef Luis Bollo is searching for fresh fish to dry and salt himself, or wants to sit down to tortilla espanola the way his grandmother used to make it, here are the places he goes for a taste of home.
[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Boqueria 171 Spring Street (between West Broadway and Thompson; map); (212) 343 4255; boquerianyc.com Cuisine: Spanish Tapas Veggie Options: about 8 tapas options, plus cheeses Cost: Tapas are $5-12; plan on spending at least $25, before drinks...