ON THE WALL
Byline: Karen Robinovitz
NEW YORK — Tapastry is the latest West Village restaurant hot spot, offering the city a taste of tapas, a sea of black leather seating in the cigar lounge, brick walls and beer nuts by the bar, and a cozy fireplace in a setting reminiscent of a chalet.
Tapastry, at 575 Hudson Street, is owner Dan Mendel’s first endeavor.
“I wanted to create a casual place for any kind of crowd at any time,” he said. The dining room is dripping with bright tapestries depicting wine-making scenes designed by artist Meredith Schlin. Candelabras, chandeliers, and hardwood floors add to Tapastry’s warm, pubby ambience.
The appetizer-size dishes, designed for sharing, include cornmeal-crusted catfish fingers with five-spice Chinese barbecue sauce, garlic sautAed calamari with peppers, crab remoulade and adobo drizzle, roasted portobello mushroom with baby asparagus and polenta cake, and espresso-brushed moulard duck with corn pudding and a maple black pepper glaze.
Funky jazz and retro music sound throughout, and customers frequently come for dinner and stay through the night, migrating to different areas for a new ambience each hour.
Prices for tapas range from $5 to $12. It’s open from 5 p.m. until midnight for dinner and until 4 a.m. for drinks.