Plado Tasting Bar makes East Village debut, with tapas and more

Photo: Plado Tasting Bar/Yelp

Tapa fans, take heed: there's a new spot in town to get your fix. Located at 192 E. Second St. in the East Village, the new arrival is called Plado Tasting Bar.

Plado Tasting Bar's menu of Mediterranean tapas was designed by chef German Rizzo, a native of Turin, Italy. For dinner, guests can sample an array of meat, seafood and veggie small plates, such as wagyu carpaccio, lamb meatballs, charred octopus with couscous, quinoa arancini, fried baby artichokes and more. The drink list features more than 40 wines from around the world, as well as specialty cocktails and an extensive selection of craft beers. For dessert, Plado offers lemon brulee, homemade doughnuts, chocolate bavarese and Popcorn Cremino, a signature version of the traditional Piedmontese dessert.

On the weekends, Plado Tasting Bar's rustic dining room is open for brunch. Check out the panettone French toast with caramelized bananas and the tuna tostada with marinated Granny Smith apples.

With a 4.5-star rating out of four reviews on Yelp so far, Plado Tasting Bar has been warmly received by patrons.

Noah Y., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on Aug. 4, wrote, "Plado has everything you could ever want in a dining experience. The food, ambience and staff are top notch."

Yelper Martina D. added, "Four appetizers for two people was good enough to fill you up if you're not starving. Otherwise you can get some appetizers and a special. I shared the fried artichoke hearts, quinoa arancini with ricotta, clams and muscles in a liquid curry sauce and the scallops with a celery purée. We also ended up getting two drinks, the Second Street passion and a watermelon sangria. Both were really refreshing."

Swing on by to take a peek for yourself: Plado Tasting Bar is open from 4 p.m.–midnight on Monday-Thursday, noon–midnight on Friday and 11 a.m.–midnight on weekends.

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